A Rangpur court has sent a former vice chancellor and an acting registrar of Begum Rokeya University to jail over charges of corruption in the recruitment of 349 university staffs.
Rangpur District and Sessions Judge Humayun Kabir passed the order on Thursday noon, denying the bail petitions of vice chancellor Prof Dr Abdul Jalil Miah and acting Registrar Shahjahan Ali Mondol in the case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
ACC lawyer Abraham Linkon confirmed the Dhaka Tribune that the two accused, who appeared before the court to place their bail petitions, had been sent to jail.
ACC Rangpur Office Deputy Director Abdul Karim filed the case against five officials of the university on January 5, 2013 over allegations of misuse of power during the recruitment of 349 officials.
Three other accused are the university’s Deputy Director (planning) Golam Firoz, Assistant Registrar Golam Morshed Rony and Assistant Registrar Khondokar Ashraful Alam.
According to the case statement, the recruitment was neither approved by the Education Ministry, nor by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
It was also alleged that the state had incurred a loss of Tk98 lakh in the way of paying monthly salaries to those 349 recruits.
ACC Rangpur Office Deputy Director Mojahar Ali, who is also the investigation officer of the case, filed the charge sheet of the case on March 19 this year, accusing all the five officials.
The court fixed on Thursday for a hearing on the charge framing, and also
ordered the former vice chancellor and acting registrar to appear before the court.
It can be mentioned here that the former vice chancellor and the acting registrar had earlier secured anticipatory bails in the case from the High Court.