A team of Rajshahi’s Anti-Corruption Commission today recovered Tk 22.87 lakh in cash from an almirah of a senior clerk at the district savings office in Naogaon.
The members of the anti-graft body also arrested the clerk, Hasan Ali, in connection with the recovery, Rajshahi’s ACC Deputy Director Zahangir Alam said. A process is underway for placing him before a court, he added.
The ACC officials believe that the money is a part of the Tk 2.37 crore that went missing from the office last year.
The district office sold Tk 2.37 crore savings bonds to some 27 individuals between March and December in 2018, but the office did not deposit the money to the government exchequer as per the rules.
Instead, some officials at the office misappropriated the money forging vouchers, the ACC officials said.
When news of the missing money went beyond the office, the district’s Savings officer Nasir Uddin filed a case with Naogaon Sadar Model police station.
In the case, only the office’s assistant (peon) Saddam Hossain was accused.
“It wasn’t a work of a man,” the ACC official said.
As the ACC began an investigation, they found involvement of some other officials in the misappropriation.
The investigating officials also learnt that the involved persons were trying to hide the money and one of them was Hasan Ali who hid the money at his workplace.