‘Graft allegations’ on Padma Bridge

Form probe body to identify conspirators: HC

Staff Correspondent

3 August, 2017 12:00 AM printer

The High Court (HC) has directed the government to form an inquiry commission by August 31 to detect the persons who made ‘false graft allegations’ on Padma Bridge project.


A division bench comprising Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Mohammad Ullah passed the order on Wednesday, following a time plea by the government.


The HC expressed its dissatisfaction for the delay in complying with the order which was passed on February 15.  


A letter was sent to the legislative wing in May, says the HC, adding why the wing needed to be reminded on two occasions.


The court wants to see execution of the order by August 31.


On February 15, the HC issued a rule on the government, asking it to show cause as to why it shall not be directed to identify those who made  false allegations of corruption on Padma Bridge project.


The court came up with the suo moto order after a Canadian court acquitted all the accused in the case filed over the alleged corruption in the mega project.


The Canadian court started trying some foreign and Bangladeshi citizens in the graft case and found the allegations to be false and fabricated. Later, it acquitted all the accused of the charges.


The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case with the capital’s Banani police station against former Bridges Division secretary Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, the then superintending engineer of Bangladesh Bridge Authority Kazi Mohammad Ferdous and the then executive engineer of the Roads and Highways Department Reaz Ahmed Zaber.


Following the allegation, the then communications minister, Syed Abul Hossain, was removed from the ministry. The careers and images of others were damaged due to the fabricated story.


It is mentionable that a vested quarter intended to tarnish the image of the Awami League-led government as well as of the country by making a vague allegation that the then communications minister and some others made pecuniary irregularities in the mega project.


The allegation was made much before release of money by the World Bank. Many think the allegation was like putting the cart before the horse.


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina blamed Nobel-laureate Dr Muhammad Yunus for instigating the global moneylender not to finance the project.