Abul Hossain, Abul Hasan to be sued finally

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has decided to sue former

Communication Minister Syed Abul Hossain and former State Minister for

Foreign Affairs Abul Hasan on next Monday for their alleged

involvement in appointing consultation farm for Padma Bridge Project.

Prior to this, the ACC decided to file the case against seven people

excluding the accused ministers on Thursday.

But, later the ACC decided to include the names of two former

ministers in the case statement to ensure transparency and make it

acceptable to the World Bank (WB) as per the conditions for revival of

the WB funding, said reliable sources in ACC.

Sources said the decision of filing case came at an ACC meeting led by

its Chairman Ghulam Rahman on Thursday.

ACC sources said this is the first time they are going to file case

against the people who have been accused of conspiracies of


Sources  said possible accused of the case are  former Bridges

Division secretary Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, Executive Engineer of

Roads and Highway Department Reaz Ahmed Zaber, SNC-Lavalin local agent

M Mostofa and its 3 officials, among others.

On July 29, the WB had cancelled its $1.2 billion credit for the $2.9

billion Padma Bridge Project saying it had credible evidence of a

corruption conspiracy involving Bangladeshi officials, executives of a

Canadian firm and some private individuals.

Later the WB gave several conditions saying if the conditions are

fulfilled; the WB would revive the loan deal.

According to the conditions, the ACC on December 3 interrogated former

Communication Minister Syed Abul Hossain and former state minister

Abul Hasan for their alleged involvement in appointing consultative

farm for the project.

The WB also formed a 3-member external panel to review the

investigation into the Padma bridge corruption allegation which

visited the capital for two times.

During the visit, the panel sat with different authorities of the

country including Anti Corruption Commission (ACC), Finance Minister

AMA Muhith but no progress came.

Later it said without fair probe in the alleged graft, the WB will not

revive the funding.

(Source: banglanews24.com)

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