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Fake certificate syndicate: Technical board chairman evades liability during interrogation

  • Technical education board chairman was removed from office
  • Ali Akbar’s wife arrested on Sunday
Update : 23 Apr 2024, 08:52 PM

Dhaka Metropolitan Detective Branch (DB) chief Harun-or-Rashid on Tuesday said former Bangladesh Technical Education Board chairman Md Ali Akbar Khan tried to evade his responsibility during an interrogation for the recent certificate forgery incident.

The DB chief said this to journalists after the interrogation at the DB conference room in Dhaka on Tuesday.

“DB has released him and given him two days to provide a specific explanation regarding the allegations. If he fails to do so and evidence of forgery is found, legal action will be taken against him,” he said.

The DB chief said: "Today (Tuesday), we interrogated the former Bangladesh Technical Education Board chairman and the examination controller at the DB office about recent certificate forgery. We asked him how certificates were forged and uploaded using website passwords, resulting in the irregularities. Despite his leadership and CCTV monitoring, why the former chairman failed to prevent these actions. We also questioned why the controller repeatedly signed certificates without verifying their alignment with corresponding college certificates."

“When asked whether the former chairman and the controller of examinations did this out of negligence or deliberately. He replied that they had a staff shortage, which had made it impossible to monitor and oversee everything effectively. When asked can he evade responsibility after knowing all this? Whether the responsibility was deliberate or unintentional, negligence or bias? The former chairman replied he was unaware of it and tried to avoid discussing his wife's involvement."

Harun further said: "The forgery scandal at the technical education board is a disgraceful chapter in education history. The former chairman can not escape accountability.”

The DB chief further said: “The former chairman, his family, the system analyst, and the examination controller have formed a syndicate to commit unprecedented fraud and forgery. This is unacceptable. We will ensure that all involved face legal consequences. No one will be spared."

When asked why no action was taken against him so far, he said: "We will investigate further. There is no chance to evade responsibility. He has already been revoked from his position."

Harun said: "We will see who bought the certificates and where those certificates were sold. A team from Buet will analyze the issuance and financial transactions involved. The investigation will determine who paid, who received the certificates, and the financial details. If the former chairman is financially implicated, it will be revealed. Comprehensive investigations will continue, and the former chairman will remain under DB surveillance even if released."

On April 1, the detectives conducted a raid at a house in the Pirer Bagh area of Mirpur in the capital. They arrested the Bangladesh Technical Education Board's computer cell system analyst AKM Shamsuzzaman and the same organization’s sacked and currently Shamsuzzaman's personally paid assistant, Faisal. They recovered a large number of mark sheets, fake certificates, registration cards, and admit cards.

Based on secret information, a team of the DB arrested Sanjida Akhtar Koli, director of Garai Survey Institute in Kushtia, from the Sadar Thana area of the district on April 5.

Allegations have arisen that some officials of the technical education board including the chairman, are involved with the crime.

On Sunday, Sehela Parveen, wife of Technical Education Board Chairman Ali Akbar Khan, was arrested by the police for her involvement in the fake certificate ring. 

On Monday, Bangladesh Technical Education Board Chairman Md Ali Akbar Khan was removed from office on the charge of trade in certificates.

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