Railway DG Shamsuzzaman under ACC scanner

Ahammad Foyez | Published: 00:14, Dec 14,2020

 
 

The Anti-Corruption Commission has initiated an inquiry against Bangladesh Railway director general Md Shamsuzzaman over his alleged involvement in accumulation of illegal wealth and money laundering through the embezzlement of public money.

The commission has formed a two-member committee, headed by its assistant director Mamunur Rashid Chowdhury, for the inquiry.

The other member of the committee is ACC deputy assistant director Soma Hore.

Shamsuzzaman neither received phone calls from New Age nor responded to a text message over the ACC inquiry.

There was an allegation against Shamsuzzaman that he manipulated conditions in tender and gave a work order to a company as per his personal choice to purchase 200 metre‑gauge coaches in 2017 when he was the additional director general of the BR.

According to the complaint, Shamsuzzaman set out some conditions applicable for a supplier in a tender notice so that only an Indonesia-based company become eligible for supplying the metre-gauge coaches to the railway. 

ACC officials said that Shamsuzzaman laundered a huge amount of money by sending that abroad as his son is living in the United Kingdom.

They said that a primary inquiry of the commission found that Shamsuzzaman owns huge illegal wealth, including flats, plots and some pieces of land in Dhaka and outside the capital.

They said that the commission’s intelligence wing initiated the inquiry against Shamsuzzaman in June last year and an official inquiry was launched against him in October this year.

In July 2019, Shamsuzzaman was promoted to the post of director general of Bangladesh Railway.

Before taking the charge, he served as the additional director general (rolling stock) of railway.

Shamsuzzaman joined railway in 1985 as an assistant mechanical engineer.

Later, he worked as a mechanical engineer, divisional mechanical engineer, senior assistant secretary, works manager, additional chief mechanical engineer, divisional superintendent, chief mechanical engineer and joint director general.

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