Relief secretary among 140 sued in Haor Graft Case

Relief secretary among 140 sued in Haor Graft Case

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A case has been filed against 140 people, including Relief and Disaster Management secretary Shah Kamal, for their alleged involvement ‘irregularities’ in implementing haor embankment projects in the district making.Abdul Haque, the general secretary of Sunamganj district bar association, filed the case with Sunamganj Special Judge Court on Thursday.

Taking the cognizance of the case, the court ordered the Ant-Corruption Commission (ACC) to investigate the allegation.Fifteen officials of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB), four union Parishad chairmen, 31 union Parishad members and one female union Parishad member were among the accused.

On July 2 last, the ACC filed a case against 61 people, including 15 officials of BWDB for their irregularities in implementing haor embankment projects.According to the first information report (FIR), the BWBD officials in collusion with each other gave clearance to the contractors violating the basic contract rules to continue the unfinished works of 84 packages of fiscal 2015-16 without calling new tenders in fiscal 2016-17.

The contractors did not start works on nine packages out of 160 and completed partial works of the remaining 151 packages, paving the way to plunder money from the future haor projects and thus caused huge losses to farmers.The FIR said the BWDB took a 6.5-km embankment project in 2011 to prevent flashflood in Sunamganj. The project was supposed to be completed in 2015, but its time was extended up to June 2019 due to delay in launching the project.

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