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Is Abul Hossain more important than Padma Bridge?

From the very beginning, former communications minister Syed Abul Hossain's name was coming up again and again in connection with corruption in the Padma bridge project. But the government was brushing it aside. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina even called him a 'patriot'. Finally when the World Bank refused to sign any deal if Abul Hossain is in his position, the government removed him from his post.

The World Bank returned and the investigation started again. From the December 10, 2012 issue of The Daily Star we learned that Ramesh Shah, arrested official of Canadian firm SNC Lavalin, in his diary had mentioned Abul Hossain as the recipient of 4 percent out of 10 percent bribe from the sum fixed for bridge supervision work. The 10 percent is equivalent to tk 38 crore, sources said.

The ACC team submitted its draft report naming Syed Abul Hossain, former state minister for foreign affairs Abul Hasan Chowdhury and businessman Nixon Chowdhury, brother of ruling Awami League whip Noor-e-Alam Chowdhury.

The name of the three were dropped in the final report and the World Bank's external panel which visited ACC the second time left Dhaka becoming very unhappy over the omission of Syed Abul Hossain's name as a top corruption suspect in the project.

So the question arises, is Abul Hossain more important than the Padma bridge, the dream of millions of people of Bangladesh?

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Dear Nur Jahan, please understand that allowing Abul to be tried, many other patriots who love Bangladesh so dearly might be exposed. Surely you cannot expect the real owners of Bangladesh to be so foolish! And by the way, the owners should not have to care about their slaves.

: Shabbir A Bashar

Former Communications Minsiter Syed Abul Hossain; a so-called patriot is a shameless hero; as our PM has a very soft corner for him for unknown reasons. All indications are clear now that he is more important than the nation as a whole and not to mention about the importance of Padma bridge alone. Apparently, this man along with his associates fooled the whole nation. His position and power may safeguard him from earthly punishment by a competent court of the country, but what about Almighty Allah's court?

: Sahed Ali

Comments

  • Rubo
    Monday, December 17, 2012 11:05 AM GMT+06:00 (101 weeks ago)

    I would urge WB to stand-by their decision not to finance Padma bridge unless actions are taken against all suspects including so-called patriot Abul Hossain. Padma bridge is important for us but more important is a corruption-free Bangladesh. If all our development partners take similar stand like WB in all their projects, our government, be it of AL or BNP, will be compelled to action against corruption.


 

 


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