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4 former Biman officials jailed for forgery

  • Published at 12:37 am July 23rd, 2019
A Bangladesh Biman plane at Hazrat Shahjalal International AirportRajib Dhar
File photo of a Bangladesh Biman plane at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

They made 166 forged vouchers and withdrew Tk28.58 lakh.

A Dhaka court has sentenced four former officials of Bangladesh Biman Airlines, including its manager to different terms of imprisonment, for their involvement in misappropriating about Tk29 lakh through forged documents in 2001.

Judge Sheikh Nazmul Alam of Special Judge Court-4 issued the order on Monday.

The convicts are - Mohammad Zinnah, former manager of Salary Section; MA Rob, former assistant manager of Cash and Banking; Harunur Rashid, former accounts superintendent of Salary Section; and Mir Abu Sayeed Taifuddin Chowdhury, former accounts superintendent.

Of them, Zinnah, Harun and Taifuddin were sentenced to seven years imprisonment, while Rob was sentenced to five years in prison.

Of the convicts, Harun is still at large, while the other three were present at the time of verdict.

Zinnah, Harun and Taifuddin were fined Tk25 lakh each, in default to suffer an additional one year in jail while Rob was fined with Tk15 lakh, in default to suffer an additional one year in jail.

The court said the punishment of the fugitive- Harun - will be effective from the day of his arrest or surrender.

According to the case statement the Biman officials, sometime between July 2001 and June 2002, in the name of travel allowance (TA) and dearness allowance (DA) prepared false documents and withdrew a huge sum of money and misappropriated it. 

In this way they made 166 forged vouchers and withdrew Tk28.58 lakh.

Deputy Director of the Anti-Corruption Commission Benazir Ahmed filed a case against five persons on September 5, 2010 and the charge sheet was pressed in February 2014. They were indicted after two years.

One of the accused Mir Ajijur Rahman died while under trial and court exempted him.