Railway’s Mridha, 8 other officials interrogated over recruitment scandal

The Daily Star July 3, 2012

The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday interrogated nine Bangladesh Railway officials including suspended general manager (east zone) Yusuf Ali Mridha in connection with alleged corruption in recruitment.

ACC’s Public Relations Officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya said the railway officials of Chittagong Division were interrogated as they were members of different recruitment committees.

In addition, nine teachers of a Chittagong school were also quizzed as they checked examination scripts of candidates for various posts.

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ACC sources say the investigators summoned the officials and the teachers as they found evidence of irregularities in the process of selecting candidates and even in the checking of exam scripts.

The sources say the selection committees selected a huge number of candidates in exchange of bribe money, while the teachers were also allegedly biased in checking the exam scripts.

ACC deputy directors Akhter Hamid Bhuiyan and Abu Sayeed interrogated them in phases from 11:00am at the commission’s office.

Mridha entered the ACC office around 11:00am and left the ACC office through the rear exit secretly dodging the eyes of the journalists waiting in front of the gate.

The other eight railway officials and the nine teachers, however, refused to comment.

They just said they came to Dhaka as they were summoned and answered to the investigators accordingly.

The ACC launched an investigation into the alleged corruption in recruitment process of the railway and illegal wealth of some officials after Border Guard Bangladesh members arrested former railway minister’s APS Golam Faruq Talukder, Mridha, security commandant of railway’s Dhaka Division Enamul Huq and Faruq’s driver Ali Azam with Tk 70 lakh in their possession.

Following the incident, Mridha and Enamul were suspended, while Faruq was sacked. The driver is, however, missing since the incident.

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