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Arrest, speedy trial of corrupt NSU trustees demanded

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 9th May, 2022 10:54:45 PM
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The Protection for Legal and Human Rights Foundation has demanded arrest and speedy trial of North South University (NSU) Board of Trustee chairman Azim Uddin Ahmed and five others for their alleged involvement in irregularities and corruption.

Dr Sufi Sagar Sams, Adviser of the Protection for Legal and Human Rights Foundation, made the demand at a press conference at Sagar-Runi auditorium of the Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) on Monday.

NSU Board of Trustees Chairman Azim Uddin Ahmed, its four members – MA Kashem, Benajir Ahmed, Rehana Rahman and Mohammed Shajahan, and Ashaloy Housing and Developers Managing Director Amin Md Hilaly are accused in a graft case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

“The accused are very influential persons. They are continuing to try to throw this case into the black hole. Your (media) cooperation is needed so that they cannot do it,” he said.

 “I will appeal to the Prime Minister for taking a move so that the court and the ACC dispose of the case immediately,” Dr Sufi Sagar added.

He also expressed deep concern over dropping the name of NSU trustee member Aziz AI Kaiser (Tito) for mysterious reason.

The press conference was told that NSU, one of the country’s top private higher educational institutions, has been plagued by irregularities and corruption as well as militancy. Over 25,000 students have been held hostage by a syndicate of the NSU trustees. The university is failing to provide them with proper education due to corruption.

The university authorities have repeatedly denied the allegation of the NSU’s involvement in militancy. Blogger and writer Rajib Haider was hacked to death by militants in 2013. Nafis Imtiaz, a militant convicted in that case, started the process of his readmission into university after 10 years with the help of the university authorities. But he could not do it following media reports.

A barrage of complaints have been lodged with various government departments regarding irregularities, including disobeying the directives of the Grants Commission, purchase of land at high prices by top people of the university, taking commission from developers company, illegal purchase of luxury cars for nine members of the board of trustees with student tuition fees, taking seating allowance of Tk 1 lakh and receiving the same amount of allowance even after holding online meeting.

On May 5, ACC Deputy Director Farid Ahmed Patwary filed the case with its integrated district office in Dhaka against five members of NSU Trustee Board and the managing director of a development company for ‘misappropriating’ about Tk 304 crore.