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Graft allegations ACC to quiz Titas Gas, Bapex MDs

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Staff reporter
The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) will interrogate the managing director of Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited and seven others of two Petrobangla’s subsidies in connection with a graft allegation.
The Commission on Monday sent notices to the eight officials asking them to be present at the ACC head office on April 6-7 to face questioning, ACC sources said.
They said Titas Gas managing director Engr M Nowshad Islam, Bapex managing director M Abdul Baki, Bapex project director Meherun Hasan and its general manger (admin) M Saifuzzaman will be interrogated on April 6 next.
On April 7, the Commission will question Bapex assistant general manager (procurement) Mohammad Ali, managing director of Sundarban Gas Company Limited (project director) Rezaul Islam and its assistant general managers Syed Nurul Huda and Engr Golam Mustofa.
Earlier, on Sunday, the ACC also sent notices to former managing director of Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited Abdul Aziz, former director (operation) Khalid Hasan and general managers Engr Mujibul Haque and Engr Fuad-ul-Islam asking them to be present at the ACC head office on April 2.
General Manager Shahinur Alam and deputy general mangers Hedayet Ullah, M Labbi Ullah and M Abdul Awal Shah are also scheduled to be questioned on April 3.
On March 10, 2014, the ACC launched a probe into the graft allegation against Petrobangla chairman Prof Dr M Hossain Monsur and 13 managing directors of its subsidies.
The ACC sources said the 13 managing directors of Petrobangla’s associate companies swindled over Tk 200 crore in carrying out development works in last four years. As the Petrobangla chairman did not take any action against them, he has to take responsibility in this regard, they said.
The 13 associate companies of Petrobangla are Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Company Limited, Sylhet Gas Fields Limited, Bangladesh Gas Fields Company Limited, Gas Transmission Company Limited, Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited, Jalalabad Gas Transmission and Distribution System Limited, Bakhrabad Gas Distribution Company Limited, Paschimanchal Gas Company Limited, Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Limited, Sundarban Gas Company Limited, Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Company Limited, Barapukuria Coal Mine Company and Maddhapara Granite Mining Company Limited.

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