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Khoka charged with graft

The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday pressed charges against former Dhaka City Corporation mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka and three others for misappropriating Tk 37 lakh through leasing out the car park of a DCC market.

The other accused are Abdul Baten, president of the DCC supermarket in Banani; Mahmudul Hassan Azad, its general secretary; and AHM Tareque, manager of the market's parking lot.

Nur Hossain Khan, deputy director of the ACC, and also the investigation officer of the case, submitted the charge sheet to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court of Dhaka.

On February 15, Mahbubul Alam, assistant director of ACC, filed the case with Shahbagh Police Station accusing Khoka and the three others of pocketing parking charges Tk 26,14,900 collected from the DCC market between 2003 and 2011.

According to the complaint,Khoka also caused a loss of Tk 11.05 lakh to the public exchequer by cancelling tenders for leasing out the parking lot in 2003 and 2005. The tenders were cancelled even after the completion of all the procedures for awarding the work, including selection of the highest bidder.

The High Court earlier had granted bail to the accused including Khoka until the probe report is submitted, therefore the bail expired yesterday.

On March 29 this year, the ACC filed another case against Khoka, Land Reform Board Chairman Nurul Huq and five others for corruption in the construction of a multi-storey car park in the capital.

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