The city mayor said this while talking to journalists after a programme at Muslim Institute in the port city.
“I have heard that the ministry sent a letter. I will give reply of the letter within seven days,” said the city mayor.
Responding to a question, the mayor said: “I am not a man of street. I have made the remark with all responsibility and I will speak with responsibility.”
The Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development (LGRD) and Cooperatives sought explanation from the city Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin over his comments that the ministry officials sought bribe for allocating funds for Chittagong City Corporation.
Signed by LGRD and Cooperatives Additional Secretary Jyotirmoy Datta, the ministry sent the letter on Thursday.
The ministry urged the mayor to submit his explanation within seven working days.
The graft allegations leveled by Chittagong City Corporation Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin against some corrupt bureaucrats have sparked a furor in the country.
The city mayor alleged that the allocations for the corporation were lowered for not paying bribes to bureaucrats.
AJM Nasir said made the allegation against LGRD Ministry's high officials while addressing a programme titled ‘Chittagong City Dialogue’ at Theatre Institute, Chittagong on Wednesday.
At the programme, the mayor said he had been told by LGRD Ministry officials that he would be given as much money as he required as a block allocation. But he had to pay them 5% from the amount of allocation.