BHF unlikely to remove GS Shaeed soon

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:40, Oct 27,2019


AKM Mominul Haque Shaeed

Bangladesh Hockey Federation on Sunday said it is unlikely to take action against its general secretary AKM Mominul Haque Shaeed any time soon, despite him facing multiple allegations, including running a casino in his club.

The federation will hold its third executive committee meeting at the Falcon Hall in the capital today, but federation senior vice-president Abdur Rashid Shikdar said they will not discuss the removal of Shaeed in the meeting.  

‘There will be no agenda in tomorrow’s [today]EC meeting to remove Shaeed from secretary post,’ he said, adding that the meeting was called to form different sub committees – tournament, development, selection, league, and an organising committee for the upcoming Junior U-21 Asia Cup, scheduled to be held in Bangladesh in June 2020.

Rashid added that he had no discussion with BHF president and air chief Masihuzzaman Serniabat over the removal of Shaeed.

‘According to federation constitution, if someone remains absent in three EC meetings or absent for six months, then federation can take action. Two joint secretaries [Mohammad Yousuf and Kamrul Islam Kismat] of federation will serve the duty in absence of secretary,’ Rashid told the New Age

Shaeed was elected as the secretary of BHF on April 29, 2019, defeating former star player and general secretary Abdus Sadeque by 47-36 votes in a much-hyped election.

Shaeed was in Singapore when the law enforcers conducted a drive at Motijheel’s sports club hub on September 18, and found involvement of Arambagh Krira Sangha and Dilkusha Sporting Club in illegal casino business.

Shaeed, who was also councillor of Dhaka South City Corporation’s ward 9, is still the president of these two clubs alongside holding the secretary post in the BHF. 

The government sacked Shaeed as councillor on October 17 over violating City Corporation rule as he is staying abroad without the LGRD ministry’s permission and did not attend corporation’s board meetings.

The Anti-Corruption Commission was also investigating his involvement in illegal casino business along with 42 other political leaders, businessmen and executive members of some reputed clubs.

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