Brow-raising copter trip | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, April 22, 2012 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, April 22, 2012

Brow-raising copter trip


The helicopter on which an ACC commissioner yesterday flew to Kuakata with the chief of a private company yesterday. Photo: Facebook

A commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday went on a personal trip to Kuakata on a chopper with the chief of a company and received police escort there.
The incident received attention of facebook users and people criticised it.
ACC Commissioner (investigation) Justice Mohammad Sahabuddin, a former High Court judge, however, said he went to Kuakata beach in Patuakhali with his childhood friend, the company chief, because he had never been there.
"Apart from my friend's request [to tag along], I actually requested him earlier to take me along with him as I had never gone to Kuakata," said Commissioner Sahabuddin while talking to The Daily Star via telephone.
"Being a justice, I always get protocol on security grounds… whether the tour is official or unofficial,” he said.
He said his friend had purchased some land there.
Kolapara Police Station Officer-in-Charge Ishaq Ali told The Daily Star that the helicopter landed at Rakhain Market around 11:00am and left around 2:30pm.
"During this time, the private company chief and his companies were at the rest house of Water Development Board in Kolapara and a local hotel," the policeman said.
Talking to The Daily Star, ACC Chairman Ghulam Rahman said, "I was not informed of the visit of Commissioner Sahabuddin. He had not informed me of the matter.
"Ask him. He is a responsible person."
The private tour of the commissioner came to light when photos of the chopper in Kuakata were published on social network website facebook.com. The initial post was shared by others on facebook and soon it spread and comments on his getting protocol on a private tour started pouring in.

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