An employee of a Jahangirnagar University dormitory owes the university authority more than Tk30 lakh against the lease of four ponds on the campus.
Abbas Ali Talukdar, a senior assistant of the Salam-Barkat Hall of JU, bid and won the lease for six ponds at auctions between 2010 and 2011. The lease period for four of the ponds expired in 2013.
But Abbas has not paid for any of the leases so far, JU Registrar Abu Bakar Siddique told the Dhaka Tribune.
Including rent and fines, Abbas now owes the university Tk3,080,612.
University administration sources said they had sent Abbas seven legal notices to pay the dues and four reminders for signing the leasehold agreement, but he had not responded to any of them.
The estimation of Abbas' arrears was presented at a meeting of the university’s internal resources management committee on March 4, 2014. Afterwards, a three-member probe committee headed by Dean of Social Science Prof Md Amir Hossain was formed in the syndicate meeting on March 22 the same year.
Abu Bakar Siddique told the Dhaka Tribune that Abbas was forced to compulsory retirement for continuous violation of university’s instructions and discipline during a special syndicate held on August 21.
“Abbas’s arrears will be deducted from his pension,” he said.
A former president of the Association of Employees, Abbas bid for the lease on four ponds in August and December 2010.
According to the terms and conditions, the lease arrears for the ponds were supposed to be paid in two instalments. Within ten days of receiving the first legal notice from the university, he was supposed to pay half of the due in the first instalment; the rest was to be remunerated in the second instalment before next year January.
Despite not paying the lease dues over the mentioned time period, he was still allowed to bid for another pond in April 2011.
But, if the payment was not made over the mentioned time period, the individual would no longer be able to bid for another pond within next four years.
Abbas could not be reached for comments.