Yusuf Ali Mridha
A Chittagong court yesterday sent suspended Bangladesh Railway (east zone) general manager Yusuf Ali Mridha to jail after rejecting his bail petitions in five cases filed in connection with recruitment irregularities.
Metropolitan Sessions Judge SM Mojibur Rahman passed the order after Mridha sought bail in the cases following his surrender before the court on the same day.
Mridha had been on the run since the cases were filed against him with Kotwali Police Station in the city on September 13, 2012, said Mejbah Uddin Chowdhury, public prosecutor of Anti-Corruption Commission, Chittagong.
He was suspended on April 15, 2012, a week after he was caught with Tk 70 lakh inside the Border Guard Bangladesh headquarters in the capital's Pilkhana.
The money had allegedly been collected from railway job seekers.
Two other railway (east zone) officials accused in the cases are suspended senior welfare officer Golam Kibria and suspended additional chief mechanical engineer Hafizur Rahman.
The court issued arrest warrants on different occasions for the trio, but police failed to arrest them.
The three had allegedly given appointments to ineligible candidates at different tiers of railway upon receiving bribes.
The ACC filed five cases on September 13, 2012 for irregularities in appointing over 1,000 employees like tool keepers, ticket issuers, train number checkers, fuel checkers and assistant chemist, said the PP.
The anti-graft body submitted charge sheets against the accused on August 18 last year, he added.
The court accepted the charge sheets against the irregularities in the recruitment of fuel checker and assistant chemist posts on October 20, 2013, and tool keeper and ticket issuer posts on October 21, 2013.
On February 5 this year, the court framed charges against Mridha and four others in the case filed for irregularities in fuel checker recruitment
In another case filed for the irregularities in assistant chemist recruitment, the court framed charges against Mridha and five others on February 19.
A total of 13 cases were filed against Mridha in connection with his involvement in the railway recruitment irregularities.