BNP leader Tariqul charged with graft

Ex-shipping ministry official also charged

Court Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Nov 30,2017 | Updated: 23:55, Nov 29,2017

 
 

The Anti-Corruption Commission on Tuesday pressed charges against former minister Tariqul Islam of Bangladesh Nationalist Party and former shipping ministry chief engineer AKM Fakhrul Islam in two graft cases filed by the commission.
The commission’s general recording officer, Zulfiqar Ali, said that its assistant director Md Monirul Islam, also the investigation officer of the case, submitted the charge sheets before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court.
Tariqul Islam, former minister for forest during BNP tenure, has been accused of unlawfully endorsing sale of government logs from Chittagong Hill Tracts. The government incurred a loss of Tk 37,814,836 due to the transaction.
The IO also made a plea to drop the names of the former forest and environment secretary Jafar Ahmed Chowdhury and Md Anwarul Islam, chief conservator of forest of the ministry.
Deputy director of ACC SM Shahidur Rahman submitted another charge sheet accusing AKM Fakhrul Islam, former chief engineer and ship surveyor at the department under the Ministry of Shipping for taking Tk 500,000 as bribe from a ship-maker with a promise to recommend his ship design.
On Tuesday, Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Pranab Kumer Hui saw and signed the case document.
The IO of the case prayed that the names of past forest and environment secretary Jafar Ahmed Chowdhury and Md Anwarul Islam, former chief conservator of forest, be cleared of charges as he did not find any allegation against them.

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