RAJUK annex raided, 150 files recovered25 March 2023
News Desk :
Around 150 files have been recovered from rooms of RAJUK officers and employees. The files were dealing with the plots of the new Purbachal township of RAJUK, the capital city development authority. The files were found on Thursday, during a drive headed by the RAJUK member (estate) Mohammad Nurul Islam.
According to the rules, these files should have been kept in the RAJUK record room. But instead of keeping the files there, these were kept with the officials and employees. No immediate action has been taken against anyone in this connection.
There are allegations that certain unscrupulous officers and employees are involved in all sorts of forgery and are using these files to harass the owners of the plots. They allegedly create all sorts of delays saying the files can't be found and then resort to unethical means of taking money from the plot owners. If the plot files were kept in the proper place and found in time, then the plot owners would not have to face such harassment, say the owners of the plots.
One such plot owner who has had to suffer because of the files, told the media requesting anonymity that he had recently gone to RAJUK regarding the lease document of a plot that he had recently been allotted. But he was told that the file couldn't be found. Only after he paid bribes did the file surface. However, he didn't reveal the names of the persons who took the bribes and how much he had to pay.
Earlier, on 15 October 2019, during a drive lead by the RAJUK chairman at the time, Sultan Ahmed, the files of 70 plots were found in a room of the annex building. Later a case was filed with the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) against nine persons, including six officials and employees of RAJUK.
In the case it was said that instead of keeping track in a register of where the files were located and also sending the files back
to the record room when the work was over, the files were surreptitiously kept to one side. Also, seals of many officials were made unlawfully to forge documents and leases, misappropriating government resources.