Wednesday, 10 August, 2022
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Grameen Telecom Scam

Jafrul removed from DIFE panel of lawyers

Jafrul Hasan Sharif, a counsel of the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments (DIFE) who acted as an associate of the lawyer of Grameen Telecom Workers and Employees Union in the settlement of 110 cases filed against Dr Muhammad Yunus in exchange for money, has been removed from the DIFE panel of lawyers.

The DIFE took the action for his controversial role in the settling of the cases, said a notification signed by its law officer Masum Billah.

Jafrul has also been asked to submit all documents to the DIFE law officer immediately, the notification published on July 3 added.

The issue came to light after Jafrul’s alleged involvement in settling the cases filed by Grameen Telecom Workers and Employees Union

against Nobel laureate Dr Muhammad Yunus in exchange for money to deprive the workers of their due shares.

Jafrul was the main associate of the workers’ union lawyer Yusuf Ali. Both of them are operating a law firm named ‘Attorneys’.

Although Jafrul was not appointed as a lawyer of Grameen Telecom Workers and Employees Union, some Tk 10 million and Tk 60 million were deposited in the bank account of Attorneys and joint account of Jafrul and Yusuf for settling the cases.

According to the information, Jafrul and Yusuf opened a joint account (18598147501) in Standard Chartered Bank on May 26 by hiding their lawyer identity. On May 29, Grameen Telecom Workers and Employees Union deposited the money in their account. Instead of their lawyer identity, they introduced themselves as programme coordinator of ‘Manusher Jonno Foundation’.

It is also alleged that though Jafrul was a lawyer of DIFE, he actually worked for Yusuf by providing all classified information, sources said.