The High Court Division on Monday allowed five absconding contractors to surrender in the trial court in four weeks to face trial for causing staggering losses to boro rice growers in the haor areas of Sunamganj in 2017 as they did not complete the embankment construction within the schedule.
A bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam issued the directive after the contractors surrendered at a hearing to seek anticipatory bails.
The absconding contractors were Khan Mohammad Wahid Roni, Mohammad Yunus, Sheikh Ashraf Uddin, Shaharin Haque Malik and Kazi Hasina Afroz.
Anti-Corruption Commission’s lawyer AKM Fazlul Haque told New Age that he would request the ACC to appeal against the HC’s directive allowing absconding accused to surrender in the trial court ignoring the Appellate Division’s standing order in which the HC was asked not to grant anticipatory bails or direct accused persons to surrender in the trial court after submission of charge sheet.
On April 6 the contractors filed their applications seeking bail after the charge sheet was submitted in the trial court on March 25.
According to the charge sheet, the accused persons include, six engineers of Bangladesh Water Development Board and 22 others.
According to the first information report, six WBD engineers in collusion with each other gave clearance to the contractors violating the contract terms without floating new tenders.
As the contractors left several packages of the embankment incomplete to plunder money and causing staggering losses to the growers of boro rice, the lone annual crop in the haors.
The FIR said the BWDB took the 6.5-km embankment project in 2011 to prevent flashfloods in Sunamganj. The project was scheduled to be completed in 2015.
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