The Anti-Corruption Commission has relieved 11 Public Works Department and two National Housing Authority engineers from an allegation of alleged link with controversial contractor SM Golam Kibria Shamim, widely known as GK Shamim.
They were all declared exempt from the corruption allegation which the anti-graft watchdog body had brought against them after they were given a single clean chit signed by the commission secretary M Anwar Hossain Howlader on February 17, an ACC director general confirmed New Age.
He said that they all were under the commission’s scanner after the commission had begun an inquiry against GK Shamim following his arrest by the law enforcing agency during an anti-casino drive.
He said that most of the relieved persons also faced travel ban and were interrogated several times.
They are PWD additional chief engineers M Mosleh Uddin Ahmed and Munif Ahmed, its superintending engineers AKM Suhrawardi, M Mafen, retired superintending engineers Abdul Momen Chowdhury and Abdul Momen Chowdhury, , executive engineers Md Ilias Ahmed, Shawkat Ullah, Mohammad Fazlul Haque, Afsar Uddin and Swapan Chakma and NHA executive engineer Munif Ahmed and its suspended official Ashrafuzzaman.
About the matter, ACC director for public relations Pranab Kumar Bhattacharjee said that the commission relieved them from the allegation as its inquiry did not find any irregularities committed by them.
The commission initiated the inquiry against them after it received allegations that they had accumulated huge illegal wealth by way of providing undue assistance to GK Shamim, who is now in jail, for gaining work orders in various construction projects of the government.
On September 30, 2019, the commission launched an inquiry to detect the illegal wealth of the people involved in unauthorised casino operations and other illegal businesses.
On February 6, 2019, the commission filed a charge sheet against GK Shamim and his mother Ayesha Akter on charge of accumulating illegal wealth worth around Tk 297.49 crore.
On October 21, 2019, the commission filed the case against detained GK Shamim, a former Juba League leader, and his mother for accumulating illegal wealth.
On September 20, 2019, the Rapid Action Battalion detained Shamim along with a huge amount of cash and fixed deposit receipts and seven bodyguards at his office in Niketan of Dhaka.
In March 2020, the PWD cancelled contracts with GK Shamim’s construction firm GK Builders Limited for at least 14 government projects.
The housing and public works ministry in October 2019, ordered the department to cancel contracts with GK Builders and Company Limited so that his arrest in criminal charges did not affect the construction works of the 14 priority projects of different ministries and agencies such as the Cabinet Division, the finance ministry, the Rapid Action Battalion and the National Board of Revenue.
According to the PWD, Shamim obtained Tk 62.20 crore project for carrying out civil and electrical works for the expansion of the Finance Division building from the fifth floor to 20th floor at the Bangladesh Secretariat.
He also got the work orders for the Tk 327.24 crore 20-storey Cabinet Division building with two basements at the secretariat, Tk 50.98 crore for the Chittagong Hill Tracts Complex with a plaza on Bailey Road, Tk 437.21 crore project for the RAB headquarters, Tk 319.82 crore project for the National Board of Revenue building, Tk 120.58 crore project for the vertical expansion of Shaheed Suhrawardy Hospital, Tk 167.73 crore project for construction of a 12-storey Neuroscience Hospital, Tk 20.86 crore project for expanding the Mohakhali Asthma Centre from its six-floor building to eight--floor one and three separate construction and beautification projects of the National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Building at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar worth around Tk 25.47 crore.
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