Arrested fake additional secretary Abdul Quader Chowdhury provided surprising information that anyone intending to visit him for lobbying had to give Tk 50,000 to Tk 100,000 as visit fee.
He has already owned a luxurious nine-storey building at Mirpur, two deluxe flats at Gulshan and Mirpur, a house and a villa (farm house) in Gazipur and several cars.
On October 7, Gulshan DB Division arrested Quader, who posed as an additional secretary of Public Administration Ministry, his wife Sharmeen Chowdhury Soa, Shahidul Alam and Anisur Rahman from the city’s Kawran Bazar, Mirpur and Gulshan areas. A luxurious car, a foreign pistol, a magazine and 20 other things and evidences were seized from them, who are now on a four-day remand.
Hafiz Akhter said Abdul Quader through his cohorts brought contractors and other people to his offices in the name of giving big work at big projects. “He took Tk 50,000 to Tk 100,000 as visit fee from people visiting him,” he said.
Quader, who studied up to Class X, developed business relation with expelled Jubo League leader JK Shamim serving time in jail now and also posed as legal adviser to DATCO Group owned by Moosa Bin Shamsher Prince.
Quader founded Dhaka Trade Corporation, Zaminder Trading, Samin Enterprise, Chowdhury Group, Human Improvement Foundation, Satata Properties, Dana Logistics and Dana Motors, said the officer, adding that he established the firms for deceiving people.
“He has a 6,000 square feet office in Gulshan, for which he pays Tk five lakh as monthly rent and there is another office in Kawran Bazar,” he said.
He travelled by prado car with sticker of additional secretary and used to visit secretariat, said the additional commissioner. Two cases were filed against him and other arrestees with Pallabi and Tejgaon Police Stations. Six more cases were filed against Quader earlier. Monir Hossain, a contractor, told the Daily Sun that a local Mohila Awami League leader introduced me to Quader.
“I paid him Tk 40 lakh for getting the work of supplying sand at Jolshiri Abasahn Project. It was the work of Tk 84 crore. But finally, I have come to know that he is nothing but a deceiver,” he said.
Sheikh Ali Akbar, another contractor, said that he gave him Tk 23.40 lakh for getting the work of supplying stones at Sena Kalyan Sangstha. “I was given work permit. Later, I came to know that it was fake,” he said.
Zoynal Abedin, another victim, said that he paid him Tk 12.15 lakh for getting a loan of Tk 20 crore from any private bank, but nothing yielded.