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12:00 AM, October 15, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:57 AM, October 15, 2019

Taking Bribe

Dinajpur passport office staffer held

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday caught an office assistant of regional passport office in Dinajpur while taking bribe from a retired school teacher.

An ACC team led by Assistant Director Ahsanul Kabir Palash, arrested Atikul Islam from his office, confirmed Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, ACC’s Public Relations Officer.

When Atikul demanded Tk 3,000 to receive the passport application, the retired teacher agreed to the demand but also informed ACC to take steps in this regard.

Yesterday noon, while the service seeker was giving bribe to Atikul, ACC arrested him on the spot.

Upon interrogation, Atikul admitted that he accepted Tk 18,000, which was recovered, as bribe from service seekers.

ACC’s Deputy Assistant Director Md Saidur Rahman filed a case with ACC’s integrated district office in Dinajpur.

Meanwhile, ACC yesterday filed a case against Hilful Fujul chairman Rafikul Islam, its acting chairman Kabir Ahmmad Talukdar and chief executive Nurul Haque Biswas for allegedly misappropriating about Tk 149.17 crore from state-run non-banking financial organisation, Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL).

ACC Deputy Director Mirza Jahidul Alam filed the case.

IDCOL secured loan from donor agencies and gave it to local NGOs at minimum interest rate. In 2006, Hilful Fujul, a local NGO, made a contract with IDCOL for loan to buy solar panels to provide solar power to rural areas.

ACC sources said IDCOL gave Tk 150 crore -- including Tk 16.4 crore as donation -- to Hilful Fujul for buying about 1,36,156 solar home systems. Till September 2014, Hilful Fujul paid only Tk 25.81 crore and misappropriated the due including interest, sources said.

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