The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) is set to sue 22 people, including four top officials of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Company Limited (BTCL), on charge of swindling about Tk 600 crore by erasing international incoming call lists.
The Commission at its regular meeting on Sunday approved the proposal to file a case against the graft suspects, ACC commissioner M Shahabuddin told reporters at his office yesterday afternoon.
“The case will be filed within two or three days,” he added.
Earlier, in February this year, an ACC probe team prepared a report and sent it to the Commission recommending filing of a case against some top officials of the BTCL on charge of misappropriating about Tk 600 crore. After nearly seven months of submitting the report to the Commission, the team got the final clearance today to file a case on BTCL graft.
BTCL managing director SM Kalimullah, its former managing directors Dr Abu Syed Khan, Akterul Alam and Kabiruzzaman will be sued, according to ACC sources.
They said the International Truck Exchange (ITX) of the BTCL receives the international incoming calls through the international gateway and the ITX diverts the calls to the ICX (Interconnection Exchange) to reach it to the mobile operators.
The incoming call list is recorded in both ITX and ICX stages. But, scrutinizing the incoming call list of ITX-5 and ITX-7 located in Mohakhali during December 2011 to November 2012 in both ITX and ICX parts, the BTCL inquiry team found massive inconsistency.
During the ACC inquiry, it was found that the vested quarter in the BTCL removed a huge number of incoming calls from the ITX stage, but it remains intact at the ICX stage.
As the BTCL top officials, from the managing director to sub-divisional engineers, were involved in the massive irregularities, they will be sued for swindling the public money totaling over Tk 600 crore by removing incoming call list from the ITX, the ACC sources said.
A four-member inquiry team, led by its deputy director SM Sahidur Rahman, conducted a probe into the BTCL irregularities.
On November 5 last year, the ACC filed five cases against 14 people, including six BTCL officials, on charge of misappropriating public money of Tk 205 crore.