A Chittagong court today sent a suspended railway official to jail rejecting his bail petition in a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for irregularities in recruitment.
Golam Kibria, who was senior welfare officer of railway east zone, surrendered before Chittagong Divisional Special Court around 11:30am and sought bail, reports our Chittagong correspondent.
Rejecting his bail petition, Judge SM Ataur Rahman ordered to send him to jail, Mahmudul Huq Mahmud, public prosecutor of the ACC, told the correspondent.
The ACC filed the corruption case with Kotwali Police Station in September 2012 bringing allegation that the accused had allegedly recruited ineligible candidates to assistant chemist posts for money, according to the case statement.
Kibria is one of the three prime accused in the case. The two other accused are: Yusuf Ali Mridha, suspended general manager; and Hafizur Rahman, suspended additional chief mechanical engineer of east zone.
ACC Assistant Director Rashedur Reza, the investigation officer of the case, submitted the charge sheet in August 2013.
On February 19, another Chittagong court framed charges against the three officials.
A total of 13 cases have so far been filed in connection with the irregularities.
Railway authorities in October 2010 published an advertisement in a national daily, seeking applications for the posts. As many as 68 of 177 applicants were asked to take the recruitment tests. Some 39 candidates sat the exams held at two centres in Chittagong and Rajshahi.
The graft watchdog during an investigation found that results of the examinees were altered in answer and tabulation sheets. Candidates, who failed the test, were selected for the job in return for bribes, according to the charge sheet.
Mridha was suspended on April 15, 2012, a week after he was caught with Tk 70 lakh inside the Pilkhana Headquarters of Border Guard Bangladesh. The money had allegedly been collected from railway job seekers.
The then railway minister Suranjit Sengupta had to resign following allegations that the money was being taken to his Jigatola residence. Suranjit has all along refuted the claim.
The cash haul led to exposure of widespread irregularities in recruitments to different tiers of the railway.