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Padma Graft: Nixon to be grilled again

  • Published at 04:13 am May 14th, 2013
Padma Graft: Nixon to be grilled again


UNB, Dhaka

The anti-corruption commission (ACC) will re-interrogate three people in connection with their alleged involvement in the much-talked-about Padma Bridge graft case.

ACC deputy director and investigation officer of the case, Mirza Zahidul Alam, on Monday served notices on the three. They have been asked to appear at the ACC head office on May 16 for further questioning, an investigator said.

The commission is set to quiz Mujibur Rahman Chowdhury (Nixon), brother of Awami League whip Noor-e-Alam Chowdhury, M Kamruzzaman, superintendent engineer of Bridge Authority, and Liaqat Ali, supervisor of Dhaka Elevated Expressway project. Nixon will be interrogated for the third time.

On December 17 last year, the anti-graft body filed a case against seven people for their alleged involvement in the Padma Bridge project. It dropped the names of two key graft suspects, former communications minister Syed Abul Hossain and former state minister for foreign affairs Abul Hasan Chowdhury.

Two top officials of SNC Lavalin - former director Mohammad Ismail and former vice president Ramesh Shah - were also named in the graft case. SNC Lavalin is a Canadian consultancy firm that participated in the bidding process to work on the Padma Bridge project.

Earlier, the Royal Canadian Mountain Police seized Ramesh’s diary where he had mentioned Syed Abul Hossain as the recipient of 4 percent of a 10 percent (Tk380m) bribe from the supervision work money. The ACC is trying to collect a copy of the diary.