Former BTCL engineer detained on graft charges
The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday arrested a former divisional engineer of Bangladesh Telecommunication Company Ltd for misappropriating government revenue by giving connections to some alleged international call carriers.
Engineer AKM Asaduzzaman, now deputy general manger of state-run mobile operator Teletalk, was arrested in his office in Gulshan around 3pm, an ACC official said.
Asaduzzaman was accused in all the five cases filed with Ramna Police Station against 14 people, including five other BTCL officials, in connection with the Tk 204.91 crore embezzlement.
The other BTCL officials are former acting managing director Abu Sayed Khan, former directors Mahfuzar Rahman and Mohammad Mahbubur Rahman, former divisional engineer Abdul Halim and member Mohammad Tawfiq.
The BTCL officials and five private companies misappropriated the money between 2010 and 2012.
The accused BTCL officials obstructed recording of international calls by keeping the gadgets non-operational at BTCL's Mohakhali and Moghbazar offices.
The five companies with the help of the officials used BTCL's devices illegally and terminated foreign calls through voice over internet protocol. The officials of the five companies also obtained their agreements with BTCL with forged documents.
Of the five companies, Digitek Pte Ltd, Singapore, misappropriated 96.41 crore; I Power Communications Pte Ltd, Singapore, around Tk 45 crore; AristoCall Services Inc, USA, Tk 15.51 crore; NTS Global Pte Ltd, Singapore, Tk 24.39 crore; and Simple Telecom Ltd, UK, Tk 23.7 crore.