ACC sues Jashore education board chairman for embezzling TK2.5cr
News Desk || shiningbd
Anti-Corruption Commission has filed a case against the chairman of the Jashore Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education and four others for embezzling TK 2.5 crore through check forgery.
The accused are chairman of the board Prof Mollah Amir Hossain, secretary Prof AMH Ali R Reza, accounting assistant Abdus Salam, owner of a local printing company Sheikh Shariful Islam and Ashraful Alam, reports our Benapole correspondent quoting Md Najmussadat, deputy director of Jashore ACC.
However, the chairman of the board denied his involvement and claimed that accounting assistant Abdus Salam is the "real culprit."
The case was filed by the assistant director of Jashore ACC last night after receiving directives from ACC head office in the evening, he said.
According to the case statement, the accused embezzled TK 2.5 crore and 44 thousand of the government through internal conspiracy, fraud, criminal breach of trust and false statements in accounts.
Prof AMH Ali R Reza, secretary of the board, who has been made an accused in the case, had lodged a written complaint on October 10 requesting the ACC Jashore's deputy director to file a fraud case.
On the same day, a team of the ACC led by Najmussadat went to the education board and started the preliminary investigation. A letter was also sent to the ACC head office seeking permission to file the case.
"I cannot be made a defendant in the case. The board authorities themselves have leaked the fraud. Accounting Assistant Abdus Salam pleaded guilty and returned Tk 15 lakh. He asked for more time to return the remaining money," said the chairman of the board, Professor Mollah Amir Hossain.
"How can the chairman be made the number one accused in this situation? If the confessor is taken into custody, the facts will come out," he added.
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