ACC to investigate corruption in Chittagong City Corporation projects

The Daily Star July 10, 2012

The Anti-Corruption Commission has asked the Chittagong City Corporation to submit files of 1,380 projects of fiscal 2010-11 along with a list of the officials involved within seven days for enquiry.

A letter, issued on Sunday by Deputy Director of the ACC, Chittagong Abdul Aziz Bhuiyan, says the anti-graft body has received complaints of irregularities and corruption in the projects involving Tk 185 crore.

The CCC in that fiscal year repaired and resurfaced about 428 kilometers road of the port city under its four working divisions, in regard to which there are complaints of irregularities and corruption, according to the letter.

CCC Chief Executive Officer Anwara Begum told The Daily Star that it was impossible for them to submit 3,700 files of the projects within such a short time

The CCC sent a letter to the ACC in reply yesterday, in which it sought an extension of the time limit. The city corporation also asked the ACC to specify the files it wanted, Anwara added.

This is the first time the ACC asked for so many files from the CCC, a higher official of the CCC said. He also said the ACC had not specified the projects which had corruption charges.

Abdul Aziz Bhuiyan, also investigation officer of the ACC, said he had sent the letter on the basis of some complaints.

He said the letter mentioned some specific projects and the ACC needed the files of those projects for enquiry.

“We did not seek any additional file.”

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