Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday summoned 11 engineers of the Public Works Department (PWD), including incumbent additional chief engineer Utpal Kumar Dey, to quiz them over their alleged involvement in assisting GK Shamim in getting tenders and amassing illegal wealth.
The other summoned are: superintendent engineers Rokan Uddin and Abdul Momen Chowdhury; executive engineers Swapan Chakma, Mohammad Shawkat Ullah, Mohammad Fazlul Haque, Abdul Kader Chowdhury, Afsar Uddin, Illias Ahmed, and Fazlul Haque Modhu; and deputy assistant engineer Ali Akbar Sarkar.
They have been asked to appear before the ACC on December 18, 19 and 23.
ACC Director Sayed Iqbal Hossain sent the summon letter to PWD’s chief engineer.
“A seven-member team has been formed to investigate allegations against GK Shamim of bribing government officials crores to get public works, misappropriating government money, and earning money through illegal casino business,” reads the letter.
Shamim is known to be an influential contractor of PWD and various other government organisations. His firm, GKB & Company (Pvt) Ltd, handles 15 major construction projects of the government worth around Tk 3,000 crore, including the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) Headquarters in Ashkona and the Revenue Building in Agargaon.
ACC filed a case against Shamim and his mother on October 21 for amassing Tk 297.08 crore wealth beyond known sources of income.
On charges of extortion and tender manipulation, Rab members arrested Shamim and seven of his bodyguards on September 20 from the capital’s Niketan.