Sunday, May 13, 2012
Probe finds Suranjit innocent
Star Online Report
An investigation has found no link of former railways minister Suranjit Sengupta to the last month seizure of Tk 70 lakh.
Abu Taher, director general of Bangladesh Railway, who led the enquiry, disclosed the findings to the media on Sunday prior to submitting the report.
The two-member committee, formed following the railwaygate scandal, handed the report to Railway Secretary Fazle Kabir at his office around 3:00pm.
On April 9 night, Ali Azam, the car driver of the sacked assistant personal secretary of Suranjit, a minister without portfolio now, suddenly entered the Border Guard Bangladesh headquarters in the capital and pulled up the vehicle near the main entrance sometimes later.
He shouted that there was illegal money inside the car, drawing the attention of the BGB men and leading to the detention of all four, including himself, for hours before their release on verification of their identifies the next day.
APS Omar Faruq Talukder, suspended general manager Yusuf Ali Mridha and divisional security commandant of railway Enamul Huq, who have been suspended following the scandal, were on the vehicle.
Talking to journalists at his Rail Bhaban office on Sunday, the probe chief termed the presence of two railways high officials in the microbus, from which Tk 70 lakh was seized, quite unexpected.
The other member of the committee is Shashi Kumar Singha, a joint secretary of the ministry.
Abu Taher said the car driver was at the centre of the incident, but they could not interrogate him as he remains untraced since the incident.
He claimed that they have done a complete investigation and the driver's absence did not hinder their task.
Following the incident, two railway officials were suspended on April 15.
On the other hand, Suranjit stepped aside from the railways ministry on April 16 a day after suspending the APS.
The government later retained Suranjit in the cabinet as a minister without portfolio.