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Former DC jailed over embezzlement of Matarbari power plant funds

Former DC jailed over embezzlement of Matarbari power plant funds
Md Ruhul Amin, former deputy commissioner of Cox's Bazar, was sent to jail for embezzlement of funds from the Matarbari coal-based power plant project by disguising it as compensationDhaka Tribune

In 2014, the then Land Acquisition Officer (LAO) of the project filed twenty similar cases of embezzlement

A court has sent the former deputy commissioner (DC) of Cox’s Bazar, Md Ruhul Amin, to jail in a case for embezzlement of funds from the Matarbari coal-based power plant project.

Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court Judge Md Touhid Aziz gave the order on Monday, rejecting a bail petition filed by the accused after his surrender before the court.

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Public Prosecutor in Cox’s Bazar, Md Siraj Ullah, confirmed the matter to the Dhaka Tribune.

In 2014, the then Land Acquisition Officer (LAO) of the project filed twenty similar cases of embezzlement as he noticed irregularities while processing five cheques to disburse compensation money.

The 20 cases were merged into one case on December 7, 2014.

Former deputy commissioner of Cox's Bazar, Md Ruhul Amin, tries to hide his face with a newspaper as he exits the Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court in Cox's Bazar on Monday, May 22, 2017 Dhaka Tribune

Former deputy commissioner of Cox’s Bazar, Md Ruhul Amin, tries to hide his face with a newspaper as he exits the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court in Cox’s Bazar on Monday, May 22, 2017 Dhaka Tribune

According to the case statement, a syndicate of 36 people embezzled Tk 46,24,03,320 by disguising it as compensation by showing the acquisition of 25 shrimp enclosures that did not exist in the project area.

Of the amount, Tk 19,82,08,315 was drawn by the syndicate prior to 2014.

Subsequently, the ACC took over the investigation and filed the charge sheet.

Former deputy commissioner Ruhul Amin surrendered on Monday following a court order.

ACC officials have also arrested four more accused in the case. All four of them, including former additional deputy commissioner (revenue) of Cox’s Bazar, Zafar Alam, were released on bail.

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