The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday approved a case against 10 people, including the former accountant of medical education department of the Directorate General of Health Services, Afzal Hossain, and his wife Rubina Khanam on charges of embezzling Tk 37.5 crore.
The approval came at a meeting of the anti-graft body held at its Segunbagicha headquarters in the capital, according to ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattcharjee.The case will be filed soon with the concerned police station, he informed.
Other suspects are former principal of Cox’s Bazar Medical College Prof Dr Md Rezaul Karim, Prof Dr Subas Chandra Saha, former director of Medical Education Department Prof Dr Md Abdur Rashid, Cox’s Bazar district accounts officer Sukumol Barua and three officials----Surujit Roy Das, Pankaj Kumar Boidya and Hurrama Aktar Khoki----of the district accounts officer’s office.
ACC found different irregularities in purchase and supply of equipment to Cox’s Bazar Medical College by Afzal’s wife Rubina-owned Rahman Tread International during 2016-17 and 2017-18 fiscal year. The accused embezzled Tk 37.5 crore by purchasing unnecessary equipment for Cox’s Bazar Medical College.
According to the ACC, although Afzal was a fourth-grade government employee, he owns five houses, including one in Uttara, several plots and a house abroad.
Afzal amassed wealth by misusing power and taking bribes from candidates by ensuring jobs at different government and private offices.
The health ministry suspended Afzal Hossain on charge of corruption on January 14, this year.