2 complaints filed against the municipal mayor of Bagerhat for misappropriation of Tk2.26cr

Two separate cases were filed against 17 people, including the mayor of Bagerhat municipality, Khan Habibur Rahman, for embezzlement around Tk 2.26 crore.

The two complaints were lodged against them Thursday by the deputy director of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of Khulna, Tarun Kanti Ghosh, for illegal hiring and embezzlement of money allocated to the construction of an Abahani sports complex and a diabetes hospital.

ACC deputy director Nazmul Hasan confirmed the cases have been filed.

According to the case report, Dipu Das and 16 others were hired as pump operators without notice of recruitment and without following the recruitment rules of the local government ministry. Tk 1.26 crore was embezzled from March 3, 2017 to July 25, 2020 and the case was filed against 17 people, including the municipal mayor of Bagerhat Khan Habibur Rahman, the main defendant.

Several other people prosecuted in this case are: Dipu Das, Asaduzzaman, Jyoti Debnath, Maruf Billah, Shahidul Islam, Sharmin Akhter Banani, Hasan Majhi, Hasna Akhter, Md. Jilani, Tania, Arpoob Kumar Roy, Mehedi Hasan, Saudi Karim, Parveen Akhter and Setu Pal. All were former employees of the city council.

The other case was brought against the mayor Habibur Rahman and the secretary of the municipal council of Magura Rezaul Karim, for embezzling Tk 1 crore without having carried out substantive work on a project of two crore taka.

According to the case report, Tk 2 crore was allocated for the construction of a diabetic hospital in Bagerhat and an Abahani sports complex. The mayor of the municipality did not carry out the construction works and embezzled Tk 1 crore of the allocated money.

Melissa C. Keyes