The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed a case Wednesday against a former official of the Bangladesh High Commission in Canada, Maksud Khan, on allegations of having embezzled Tk 2.6 crores, UNB reports.
ACC deputy director Mahbubul Alam, appointed as investigation officer of the case, told it was lodged against Maksud with the Shahbagh Police Station.
According to the case statement, Maksud siphoned the amount, equivalent to almost $415,000 (Canadian) from government-allocated fund for the Machine Readable Passport (MRP) project.
In what certainly sounds like a colourful career, Maksud was also assistant private secretary to Dr Dipu Moni, when she served as foreign minister during the Awami League-led alliance’s first term.
Playing up his own proximity to an important member of the cabinet, Maksud took cash from innumerable Bangladeshis living abroad, in exchange promising each of them a hassle-free shift from the old passport book to the MRP, thanks to his influence.
Dipu Moni’s knowledge of the malpractices Maksud was engaged in would seem to have been sketchy at best. If on the other hand evidence is found to show a deeper knowledge on her part of Maksud’s activities, or worse even tacit approval.
ACC approved for filing a case against him earlier on December 11, 2017.