Monday, 27 June 2011

Govt Plot Scam; ACC sues three ex-RDA officials

The Anti-Corruption Commission has sued three former officials of Rajshahi Development Authority (RDA) for illegally acquiring 18 government plots six years ago.

The accused are former RDA chairman Tapan Chandra Majumder, former chief accounts officer Abdur Rab Joardar and former estate officer Abu Bakar Siddique.

Majumder is now an officer on special duty at the public administration ministry, Joarder was appointed financial adviser of RDA after his retirement in 2009 and Siddique is now on leave preparatory to retirement (LPR).
ACC Deputy Director Abdul Karim on Wednesday filed the case with Shah Makhdum Police Station in the city following a primary investigation into the documents seized from the RDA.
“The ACC will probe the case as soon as it appoints an investigation officer”, he told The Daily Star.
Apart from the three accused, former RDA chairman Abdul Mannan, former acting mayor of the city Reja-un Nabi Dudu, former RDA member Shamsul Haque Lion and former BNP general secretary of the district Shish Muhammad are also under suspicion, he added.
In 2004, the government allotted 89 housing plots in Chandrima Residential Area in the city at a lower price for people affected by RDA's land acquisition.
Though 71 plots each of five katha were distributed among the applicants, the remaining plots were shared among the accused by violating rules, as none of the accused were affected in any way by RDA's land acquisition.
Former RDA chairman Abdul Mannan got a plot of 7.5 katha while others got plots measuring five kathas each, the plaintiff alleged.
On November 23, 2005, the former plot allocation committee of the RDA plotted to share the remaining plots among themselves by applying in writing as the last date for applying through prescribed forms expired in 2004
Dali Star 

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