Monday, 17 January 2011

HC twin-rule against Fire Service DG

The High Court on Monday issued a twin-rule asking the Home Secretary to explain why a directive should not be given for legal steps to be taken against the Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defense DG Brig Gen ANM Shahidullah, to investigate alleged corruption in procurement of various modern equipment for the directorate.

The High Court also asked the Establishment Secretary to explain why direction should not be given to rescind its order reappointing Brig Gen Shahidullah for another two years on contract basis.

The rules were made returnable in three weeks, said the court order.

The High Court orders came following a Public Interest Litigation Writ (PIL) petition filed by a lawyer.
Moving the petition, Barrister Khurshid Alam Sarker, the counsel for the petitioner, submitted that the incumbent DG of Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defense during the procurement of different modern equipment had grossly violated the relevant section of the Foreign Currency Control Act, by allowing some local agents of foreign companies to carry on their business with the directorate without the approval of the Bangladesh Bank.
Referring to reports of the sub-committee concerned under the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs, the counsel said that it was entrusted to investigate the corruption and irregularities by the DG over the procurement.
But the government did not take any legal step against the alleged corruption of about TK 100 crore, the counsel said, adding that rather the government by reappointing the DG, rewarded him for his alleged corruption.

UNB, Dhaka

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