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Bribe Charge

2 UGC officials sent on forced leave

2 UGC officials sent on forced leave

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The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Tuesday sent two of its officials on forced leave for allegedly demanding bribe from the vice-chancellor of Khulna University.
The two officers are Dr Nasima Rahman, acting director of Planning and Development Division at UGC, and Md Atower Rahman, senior assistant director of Planning and Development Division.
A UGC press release on Tuesday said the duo have been sent on forced leave for an indefinite period on the basis of the complaint filed by the KU VC. They demanded Tk 10 lakh as bribe from the VC, according to the complaint. The UGC has also formed a three-member probe committee with UGC member Prof Md Akhtar Hossain as its convener to look into the matter.
Two other members of the probe committee are Prof Dr Mohammad Yousuf Ali Mollah, member of UGC, and Shamsul Alam, director of Research Support and Publication Division at UGC.
The committee has been asked to submit its report within the next two weeks.
It can be mentioned that some officials of UGC, the statutory apex body in the field of higher education in Bangladesh, also faced allegation of taking bribe, involvement in corruption and misappropriating money in the past.
But the controversial officers are still serving the UGC as the authorities concerned allegedly showed soft corner to them and did not take any tough action against them.
UGC officials Ferdous Zaman, MA Wares and some others faced various allegations in the past and tarnished image of the body but they are still working at the body.