RNPP Procurement Scam

HC asks govt to report on action against engineers, contractors

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:04, Jul 22,2019


The High Court Division on Sunday directed the government to inform it on August 25 about what action they had taken against 59 engineers of Public Works Department and three contractors involved with corruption in procurement at Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in Pabna.

They engineers and contractors showed abnormal price for procuring pillows, furniture, and electronic appliance for furnishing nine multi-storied buildings of the mega-project.

The government on Sunday submitted two probe reports to the bench. The reports said that variation of Tk 62.20 crore was found between the estimated cost of Tk 231.47 crore against the actual prices of the goods Tk 169. 27 crore.

There are seven 20-storey buildings and two 16-story buildings under the Green City Residential Village for facilitating accommodation to Russian experts engaged in the under construction nuclear power plant.

The probe also found that Tk 36.40 crore was paid extra for furnishing four buildings with pillows, furniture, and electronic appliance.

The actual price of the goods, calculated by a committee on purchase, was Tk 77.22 crore, but the price of the products was shown at Tk 136.29 crore.

The probe committee recommended taking departmental or criminal action against the 59 officials of the Public Works Department in Pabna, Rajshahi and Dhaka, as well as the three contactors for the project.

The committee also recommended recovering the excess amount from them and depositing it with the national exchequer.

The bench of Justice Tariq ul Hakim and Justice Md Shohrowardi adjourned hearing a public interest litigation writ petition of Supreme Court lawyer Syed Sayedul Haque Suman on the issue unless the government informed it about the action recommended in the probe report.

On July 2, the bench hearing the petition directed the government to explain in four weeks why its failure to ensure honesty in procuring and lifting pillows and other articles to furnish apartments would not be declared as illegal.

The government had also required to explain in the court why it would not be directed to take action against persons involved in the corruption.  

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