Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Friday, September 22, 2017 05:09:12 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Padma Bridge scam

ACC sees no ‘corruption conspiracy’

All accused including 2 Abuls given clean chits

By UNB, DHAKA
04th-Sep-2014       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

All the accused in the much-talked-about Padma Bridge graft case were cleared from the charge as the Anti Corruption Commission's investigation did not find any evidence of 'corruption conspiracy' in hiring consultant for the Padma Bridge Project.
"The ACC investigation team submitted its report on Padma Bridge graft case to the Commission. No one is found guilty of anything wrong during the investigation. So, the Commission on Wednesday gives its approval to the final report," ACC chairman M Badiuzzman told a press briefing at the ACC conference room.
He said the ACC earlier carried out an inquiry into the corruption allegation in the Padma Bridge project and it wanted to submit the final report in 2012 as there was lack of adequate evidence. But it did not submit it since there was a request from the World Bank to continue the inquiry, he said.
"As per the World Bank's request, we had formed a probe team...the team held a series of meetings with the Bank's delegations and they made their suggestions," the ACC chairman said.
He said, the ACC filed a case of 'corruption conspiracy' in December 2012 based on prima facie evidence. "We had hoped we would get more information during the investigation. The investigation team also went to Canada to collect evidence over the Padma Bridge graft case.  And it collected some documents, too."
After examining all the documents, Badiuzzman said the ACC investigation did not find anyone's involvement in the corruption conspiracy in the bridge project and submitted its report to the Commission saying that it as the final report, and recommended not to make any charge-sheet.
The anti-graft body filed the case on December 17, 2012 against seven people for their alleged involvement in the Padma Bridge project graft dropping the names of key suspects former Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain and former State Minister for Foreign Affairs Abul Hasan Chowdhury.
The accused in the Padma bridge graft case were former secretary of Bridge Division Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan (now member of the Privatisation Board), superintendent engineer (river control) of Bangladesh Bridge Authority Kazi M Ferdous, executing engineer (bridge construction and maintenance) of Roads and Highways Department M Riaz Ahmed Zaber, deputy managing director of Engineer and Planning Consultant Limited Mohammad Mustafa, former director (international project division) of SNC Lavalin Mohammad Ismail, former vice president (international project division) of SNC Lavalin Ramesh Shah and former vice-president of SNC Lavalin Kevin Wallace.
Replying to a question, ACC commissioner M Shahabuddin said the ACC completed its investigation into the Padma bridge graft case duly, legally and based on facts. "Our investigation didn't found any corruption conspiracy in hiring consultant for the bridge project."
A case over the Padma bridge graft is under trial in the Canadian court where Ramesh Shah, a Bangladeshi origin Canadian national, is facing trial. Ramesh Shah reportedly mentioned in his diary that four percent of commission would be given to former Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain in hiring consultant for the giant the bridge project.
Describing fundamental differences between the Canadian trial and trial of Bangladesh in the bridge graft case, Shahabuddin said, "There was no existence of diary. We knew about the 'notepad' from the Canadian court hearing."
Replying to another query, he said, "To be honest, we didn't get any information from the World Bank although it had earlier assured us of providing adequate information. Something (WB's ill intention to cut its funding in the bridge project) was there." ACC Commissioner Nasiruddin Ahmed was present at the press briefing.

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Shortage of food, water and medicine in Rohingya camps makes life difficult


FOLLOWING the influx of some 26,000 pregnant mothers, 40,000 lactating kids, and 2,00,000 children out of an estimated more than 4,00,000 migrated Rohingyas from Myanmar - many are now at high risk due to lack of proper health care, food, water and medicines. When some of the high-ups of the ...

Sports »

Kristie Ahn of the United States returns a shot to Veronica Cepede Royg of Paraguay during their second round match at the Korea Open tennis championships in Seoul, South Korea on Thursday.


City »

From left- former Vice-President of Dhaka University Central Students Union (DUCSU)Sultan Mohammad Monsur Ahmed, , Krishok Sramik Janata League President Bangabir Kader Siddique, Bir Uttam, General Secretary respectively of the Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal Abdul Malek Ratan, Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BaSaD) General Secretary Khalekuzzaman, President of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) Dr AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, Gana Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain, Professor Dilara Chowdhury of Jahangirnagar University, former State Minister for Foreign Affairs Ministry Abul Hasan Chowdhury and weekly Robbar Editor Syed Tosharaf Ali spoke at a rally title


Entertainment »

Hera`s one decade in showbiz


Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Popular model cum actress Ruksana Ali Hera has already passed 10 years in media. She was first seen as a still model of Banglalink taken by photographer Iqbal Ahmed. She also started her career as a model in a visual advertisement of mobile company Airtel under the ...

Entertainment »

Nagpada Godmother's grandkids to feature in 'Haseena Parkar'


Shraddha Kapoor will essay the role of dreaded don Dawood Ibrahim's sister Haseena Aapa in Apoorva Lakhia's upcoming film 'Haseena Parkar' and we have learned that the film also features actual grandkids of the real Haseena Parkar, who was referred to as the 'Godmother of Nagpada'.  Confirming the same, director ...

International »

Russian special forces helping Syrian troops in key city


AP, Moscow :Russian special forces are helping Syrian government troops fight Islamic State militants in the battle underway for the strategic city of Deir el-Zour in eastern Syria, the defense ministry in Moscow said on Thursday.The deployment comes amid rising concerns of a direct confrontation on the ground between Russian-backed ...

Editorial »

Suu Kyi`s speech cannot silence the critics


STATE Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi finally broke her silence on the Rohingya refugee crisis Tuesday insisting that her country was not "afraid of international scrutiny." But her speech in Naypyidaw drew widespread criticism, such as; she did not denounce atrocities against Rohingyas and claimed the government needed ...

Football »

Bayern`s Arturo Vidal is celebrated after he scored the third goal for Bayern during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Bayern Munich at the Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany on Tuesday.


Entertainment »

Feels good that like-minded people are in CBFC: Vidya Balan


Last month, much to the relief of filmmakers and the audience, the Censor Board of Film Certification underwent a revamp in August. Padma Shri recipient and lyricist Prasoon Joshi replaced Pahlaj Nihalani as the chairperson and revered film personalities like Vidya Balan and TS Nagabharana became board’s new members. Hopes ...

International »

Iran in UN spotlight as Trump threatens nuclear deal


AFP, United Nations :Tehran will defend itself on the world stage on Wednesday with President Donald Trump threatening to trigger a new international crisis by pulling out of the Iran nuclear accord.Iran's President Hassan Rouhani is to address the United Nations General Assembly, where worried world leaders are fearful of ...

City »

Residents of Dolaipar area in the city facing acute water crisis as water with bad smell has been coming from the WASA line. People have to collect drinking water from the only WASA pump in the areas standing in long queue.


Editorial »

Our inactive diplomacy is deplorable : We shall need armed support


IT'S almost a month since Myanmar has started to push Rohingya Muslims illegally into Bangladesh; creating a burden for an economically weaker country like ours. Our government waiting eagerly for the international power houses to act quickly and solve the problem for us. But all our so-called proven friends like ...

Entertainment »

Antora Azim`s web series Basic Ali


Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Few years ago, Antora Azim started her acting career through Adnan Al Rajib’s a play titled Middle Class Sentiment. Under his direction Antora also performed as a model in a TV commercial of Banglalink. Later she took break from media for her study. She again started shooting ...

Entertainment »

Bhoomi item song by Sunny Leone faces Censor scissors - fans to face disappointment


The Censor Board always has a last laugh because of the immense powers vested with it. And with power comes responsibility. The Central Board of Film Certification is a statutory censorship and classification body under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India. Bhoomi has been at the receiving ...

City »

BNP Standing Committee Member Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, among others, at a discussion on `Bangladesh`s Position in Rohingya Crises` organised by Bangladesh Youth Forum at the Jatiya Press Club on Tuesday.


 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news