Barapukuria Coal Mine's six former MDs sent to jail
A Dinajpur court has ordered to send 22 officials including six former managing directors (MDs) of Barapukuria Coal Mine for their alleged involvement in misappropriation of 1,42,000 tons of coal, worth over Tk 227 billion from the coal mine.
Wednesday was the charge framing day in the case. The arrested officials pleaded for bail arriving at the court on the day. However, instead of granting bail, Dinajpur Special Judge Court's magistrate Mahmudul Karim ordered police to send them to jail.
Police inspector Israel Hossain of Dinajpur court confirmed the matter.
He said the accused pleaded for bail in the case. Instead of granting bail, the court ordered to send them to jail.
The case statement reads that a total of 1,43,727.92 metric tonnes of coal worth Tk 243.28 crore were misappropriated from the Barapukuria Coal Mine between January 2006 and July 2018.
The scandal was revealed in July 2018 when a board member of Power Development Board visited the coal mine and found no fresh coal whereas according to the document there should have been around 1,43,727 tons of coal reserved.
Barapukuria's coal-fired power plant suspended its operation due to the shortage of coal as an immediate effect of this corruption
A case was filed in relation with coal scam against 19 officials including Habib Uddin Ahmed, former MD of Barapukuria Coal Mining Company Limited by the coal mine's manager (administration) Anisur Rahman on July 25.
The Petrobangla initiated inquiry was said to have found the involvement of four former high-ranking officials of the minefield. The four officials included incumbent managing director Habib Uddin Ahmed, former managing director SM Nurul Aurangajeb, Md Kamruzzaman, who is also a former managing director, and Md Aminuzzaman, another former managing director.
However, the claim was refuted and according to a high official of Petrobanlga, no one was named in the probe report.