ACC initiates probe into Rooppur scam

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Oct 18,2019


The Anti-Corruption Commission on Thursday formed a committee to probe alleged irregularities in procurement at Green City Housing Project for the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant.

The three-member committee headed by deputy director M Nasir Uddin was asked to complete the inquiry by 60 days, the commission’s public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharjee told reporters.

He said there was an allegation that former Public Works Department executive engineer of Pabna Masudur Rahman and other were involved in purchase electric stoves, electric kettles, room cleaners, TV sets, refrigerators, pillows and washing machines, at astonishing high price to furnish apartments for the Russian engineers and officials of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant.

According to the allegation, each pillow cost Tk 5,957 with additional lifting cost of Tk 760.

Each electric stove cost Tk 7,747 with the additional lifting cost of Tk 6,650.

The bill for each electric kettle was shown as Tk 5,313 with the additional lifting cost of Tk 2,945.

The PWD billed Tk 12,018 for each room cleaner and the additional lifting cost of Tk 6,650.

Each electric iron cost Tk 4,154 with the additional lifting cost of Tk 2,945.

Each TV set cost Tk 86,970 and the additional lifting cost of Tk 7,698.

Each refrigerator reportedly cost Tk 94,250 and its lifting cost was Tk 12,521.

In May, PWD has withdrawn its executive engineer Masudur Rahman stationed at Pabna over the irregularities of supply work in the housing.

Masudur Rahman was the project director of Green City residential area of the RNPP.

Amid severe criticism, prime minister Sheikh Hasina in June said the man involved in alleged irregularities in purchasing pillows and other household appliances for RNPP housing project once belonged to Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s student wing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal.

‘We’ve some information about him. He had been involved with Chhatra Dal at BUET,’ she said while responding to some cut-motions in the supplementary budget for 2018-19 fiscal year in parliament on behalf of housing and public works minister SM Rezaul Karim.

BNP however said Masadur was never involved with Chhatra Dal.

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