ACC drops investigation into graft allegation against Khaleda and others

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has dropped further investigation into allegation of scam against BNP chief Khaleda Zia and others with regard to construction of Bhairab Bridge.

The contract for construction of the bridge was awarded to UK based firm Edmund Nuttall Limited. The farm was ultimately paid Tk one billion more than the contracted ammount.

The decision was taken in view of the death of two main accused --
former Finance Minister Saifur Rahman and former LGRD Minister Abdul
Mannan Bhuiyan, said an ACC official requesting anonymity.

Talking to UNB he said the additional payment to the contractor was
approved by the then cabinet purchase committee at a meeting presided
by Saifur Rahman and attended by Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan, Dr Khandakar
Mosharraf Hossain, M Shamsul Islam, M K Anwar, Nazmul Huda, Altaf
Hossain Chowdhury and Aminul Haque. Two other members Ali Ahsan
Mohammad Mujaheed and Maulana Matiur Rahman Nizami were absent from
the meeting.

Former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia had consented to the decision taken
by the committee.

Since the two main accused Saifur Rahman and Mannan Bhuiyan already
dead, the investigation will have no merit. “So we have decided to
drop further investigation,” added the official.
He said the army backed caretaker government made the allegation of
scam against Khaleda and members of the purchase committee.

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