34 officials found involved in Nuke plant graft: report

Dhaka, July 24 (UNB) – Two probe committees have found the involvement of 34 government officials in graft while purchasing furniture and other household items for Green City housing project under Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) Project in Pabna and recommenced action against them.

Thirty of the officials are from the Housing and Public Works Ministry while the remaining four are from the Ministry of Science and Technology, Housing and Public Works Minister SM Rezaul Karim told a press conference at the secretariat on Wednesday.

He said it has been decided to file departmental cases against 16 officials of the Housing and Public Works Ministry after suspending them, and necessary legal action, including filing of departmental cases, will be taken against the rest of the officials.

The officials under the Science and Technology Ministry are RNPP project director Dr Shawkat Akbar, deputy project director Hasinur Rahman, sub-assistant engineer Mehdi Hasan and Md Mahabub.

The money that went down the drain, amounting to Tk 36,40,09,000, will be realised from the contractor company, said the minister. “The license of the contractor company will also be cancelled.