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Embezzlement of Tk 12.8m

Charge-sheet against 11 gets ACC nod

FE Report | September 15, 2021 00:00:00

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Tuesday approved charge-sheet in a case filed against 11 individuals for their involvement in embezzling Tk 12.8 million from Maternal and Child Health Training Institute (MCHTI).

The accused--eight officials of MCHTI and three contractors--misappropriated the money while purchasing medicines and equipment for MCHTI during the financial year 2014-2015, according to the ACC public relations department.

In collusion with one another, the individuals, defying the Public Procurement Rules 2008, purchased the medicines and equipment based on fictitious prices of products prepared by a market-assessment committee.

While preparing the market report, the committee also flouted the price list of medicines set by the Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) and price of surgical items set by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The case was filed by the commission as per sections 409/420/109 of the Penal Code and section 5(2) under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1947.

The accused include Messrs Monarch Establishment owner Fatenur Islam, Nafisa Business Corner owner Sheikh Edris Uddin, Shantana Traders owner Nizamur Rahman Chowdhury, former caretaker and tender evaluation committee president of MCHTI Dr Israt Jahan, former principal of Family Welfare Visitors Training Institute (FWVTI) Dr Pervin Haque Chowdhury, former junior consultant of MCHTI Dr Mahfuza Khatun, former assistant coordinator of MCHTI Dr Chinmay Kanti Das, former medical officer of Dhaka Civil Service office Dr Saiful Islam, medical officers of MCHTI Dr Begum Mahfuza Dilara Akter and Dr Nazrina Begum, and former administrative officer of MCHTI Dr Jahirul Islam.

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