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Tofail: Padma Bridge plotters should be punished

  • Published at 04:37 pm February 12th, 2017
  • Last updated at 06:46 pm February 12th, 2017
Tofail: Padma Bridge plotters should be punished
He made the remark after meeting the Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Dhaka Yasoja Gunasekera on Sunday. On Saturday, a court in Canada has acquitted three business executives on charges that SNC-Lavalin Group Inc staff planned to bribe Bangladesh officials in a bid to win a $50 million contract to supervise the construction of Padma Bridge. “Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, the former US foreign secretary Hillary Clinton and others, who conspired against AL and tried to prove that there was corruption in the construction of Padma Bridge, should be brought to justice,” the minister said. Pointing to Yunus, Tofail further added: “He does not love our country and tries to conspire against the AL government.” Awami League Publicity and Publication Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud has also demanded trial for “the Padma Bridge project conspirators” at a human chain organised by Swadhinata Bankers Parisad in front of the National Press Club on Sunday. Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has now changed their stance after the court’s verdict, Hasan Mahmud observed. “TIB has echoed with the conspirators in the wake of the false allegations and they have to apologise to the nation.” He added: “BNP-Jamaat and some so-called intellectuals were involved in the conspiracy of making the false and fabricated allegations of corruption plot against the Padma Bridge project.” Dr Yunus was also involved in the conspiracy against the project, Hasan claimed. The court’s verdict amounts to a slap to these conspirators who brought the false corruption allegation in the project, he said.