ACC interrogates PDB chairman for tender irregularities

Recommends action against Mymensingh DC for joining farewells

The Anti-Corruption Commission on Thursday interrogated Bangladesh Power Development Board chairman Khaled Mahmud over his alleged involvement in a tender process.
‘According to an allegation, the second lowest bidder has been nominated for the construction of Khulna 200-300 MW Combined Cycle [Dual Fuel] Power Plant Project allegedly fabricating the tender documents,’ ACC secretary Abu M Mustafa Kamal told reporters.
He said that the commission deputy director Sheikh Mohammad Fanafillah interrogated the PDB chairman at his office about the allegation.
Besides, the commission sent a letter to the Cabinet Division to take action against the outgoing deputy commissioner of Mymensingh for joining 35 ‘royal farewells’ and receiving gifts recently.
The commission sent the letter asking it to conduct departmental proceedings against Mustakim Billah Faruque, the outgoing Mymensingh DC, Mustafa Kamal said.
He said such unusual farewells to a DC promote corruption, and this is why the commission has decided to send a letter to authorities concerned as per Section 17 of the Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2004, seeking action against the bureaucrat.
Section 17 (g) and (k) of the ACC law calls for promoting the values of honesty and integrity to prevent corruption and take measures to build mass awareness against corruption.
Reportedly, Mustakim has recently been transferred to the civil aviation and tourism ministry as a deputy secretary. Before joining his new assignment, he was accorded 35 lavish farewell parties arranged by Upazila Parishads, local educational institutions and cultural organisations from September 3 to 18.

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