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ACC interrogates 6 RNPP engineers

  • Published at 12:52 pm November 6th, 2019
Rooppur nuclear power plant

They were accused of abuse of power, various irregularities and corruption at a RNPP housing project

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has started interrogating six engineers found to be involved in cost-related anomalies in the ongoing housing project called Green City at the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) project in Ishwardi upazila of Pabna. 

A team led by Deputy Director of the commission Nasir Uddin started the interrogation at the commission's headquarters on Wednesday morning. 

ACC Public Relations Officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharjee confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.

In the first phase, the ACC team interrogated Masudul Alam, executive engineer of the Public Works Department (PWD).

The other people to be interrogated in the second phase on Wednesday are - Pabna Public Works Department Deputy Divisional Engineer Tarique, Deputy Assistant Engineer Kamaruzzaman, Tahajjud Hossain, Md Mostafa Kamal, Md Abu Sayed and Md Fazle Haque.

Earlier on November 3, ACC summoned 33 Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant engineers.

The project’s executive engineer Masudul Alam and 50 others were accused of abuse of power, various irregularities, and corruption at the RNPP, according to the ACC sources.

On July 15, two probe committees formed over graft in the RNPP housing project found involvement of 50 people, including eight engineers of the Public Works Department in the misappropriation of Tk36.4 crore in purchasing furniture, and other household items for its officials, and other employees.

The probe bodies mentioned their findings, and recommended punishing them. 

On July 2, the High Court issued a rule asking authorities concerned to answer within four weeks why they failed to ensure honesty and transparency in purchasing furniture and other household items for the officials, and employees of the RNPP project. 

On May 22, the PWD withdrew Masudul Alam, who was in charge of the housing project. He was later attached to the PWD headquarters in Dhaka. 

The housing project started its work on July 19, 2016. The project is supposed to end by mid-2022.