The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has approved the filing of eight cases against four former and present audit officials of Cox’s Bazar over the embezzlement of Tk2.70 crore.
ACC Assistant Director (Public Relations) Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya on Tuesday told the Dhaka Tribune that the cases were approved at a meeting at its headquarters in Dhaka after an ACC investigation team learned of the embezzlement.
The investigation team was led by Chittagong-2 district office Assistant Director Farzana Yasmin, with Assistant Director Humayun Kabir and Deputy Assistant Director Md Reaz Uddin as the other members.
Those accused of embezzling the money are former district audit officer Md Iftekharul Alam, then district audit office super Abdus Sabur, and former district audit office auditors Nasir Uddin Mohammad Abu Sufian and Golam Mohammad.
While Md Iftekharul Alam and Golam Mohammad have retired, Abdus Sabur is currently working at the Ramu upazila audit office and Nasir Uddin Mohammad Abu Sufian is employed at the Ukhia upazila audit office.
According to an ACC press release, the accused made fake bill vouchers for Tk60,00,000 from the municipal tax sector of Cox's Bazar Sadar Hospital in the 2010-2011 fiscal year and Tk5,00,000 from the Nursing Institute, made fake payments for employees of the hospital amounting to Tk1,41,96,870.75, falsely claimed Tk7,01,545 as entertainment allowance for employees, Tk12,96,899 in scholarships for female students of the Nursing Institute, Tk20,36,017 for festival payments to hospital employees, Tk1,08,045 for festival payments to employees of the nursing institute, and another fake bill voucher for Tk 23,28,344.41 from Nursing Institute employees.
The ACC assistant director added that the cases would be filed against the accused under section 5 (2) of the Anti-Corruption Act of 1947.
ACC approves final charge sheet against 13 rail officials over illegal recruitment
Meanwhile, ACC on Tuesday also approved the final charge sheet against 13 railway officials for illegal recruitment to an audit post, said ACC Public Relations Officer Pranab Kumar.
He said the accused misused their power and colluded with each other in recruiting for a post at the department of audit of Bangladesh East Railway.
Earlier, a case had been filed regarding the matter under section 5 (2) of the Anti-Corruption Act of 1947. ACC Deputy Director Md Nasir Uddin is investigator officer of the case.
The accused are Md Nazrul Islam, ABM Mofijul Islam, GM Mamunur Rashid, AFM Shahid Ullah, Md Anisul Haque, Hosna Akter, Farzana Sultana, Md Nurul Amil, Sonchita Sadek, Apurbo Biswas, GM Abul Kalam, Md Moniruzzamal, and Prodip Kumar Sarkar.