The government yesterday appointed former senior secretary Md Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan as chairman of the National Board of Revenue on a two-year contract.
Bhuiyan will also be in charge of Internal Resources Division of the finance ministry as senior secretary, according to a government notification.
He will succeed Md Nojibur Rahman who was transferred to the Prime Minister's Office as principal secretary to the prime minister on December 31.
Bhuiyan, who retired last year as senior secretary of the industries ministry, is the second person to get contractual appointment to head the NBR.
During the BNP's tenure in 2004, the government appointed Khairuzzaman Chowdhury on contractual basis.
Bhuiyan started his career in 1981 under the audit and accounts cadre of Bangladesh Civil Service. In 2010, he was promoted as secretary and given the charge of Bridges Division.
Later, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed a case against him and some others on allegation of a corruption conspiracy related to the Padma bridge project brought by World Bank. The ACC also arrested him.
In its probe report submitted to the court in September 2014, the anti-graft body cleared all the accused, including Bhuiyan, in the case, saying none had been found guilty.
A Dhaka court in October that year acquitted all the government officials including Bhuiyan.