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PMO staffer gives confessional statement over document scam

  • Published at 06:21 pm May 12th, 2020
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After being approved by the prime minister, the document, however, was replaced with a forged copy containing a different name before being sent out to Bangabhaban for the president’s approval

Fatema Begum, an office assistant of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), has given her confessional statement in a case filed against her and others in connection with forging a PMO document.

Metropolitan Magistrate Mainul Islam recorded her statement after Tejgaon police station Office-in-Charge Inspector Shamim-ur-Rashid, also the case investigation officer, produced her before the court.

Sub-Inspector Md Farid Miah, general recording officer (Tejgaon Police Station) of Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate court, confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune on Tuesday.

After recording her statement, the court sent Fatema to jail.

On May 10, Fatema was arrested from her Motijheel Government T&T Colony residence.

“According to her statement, Fatema confessed to provide the document to a forgery racket for only Tk20,000. She also mentioned the names of others involved with the scam," SI Farid said.

According to the case details, the Ministry of Education had sent a document, containing the shortlist of candidates being considered for the post of treasurer at North South University, to the PMO for the prime minister’s selection.

After being approved by the prime minister, the document, however, was replaced with a forged copy containing a different name before being sent out to Bangabhaban for the president’s approval.

During preliminary investigations, investigators found that Tariqul Islam Mumin, vice-president of the Chhatra League central committee, Farhad, a student at North South University, and Fatima, an office assistant at the Prime Minister's Office, were involved with the forgery.

On May 5, Prime Minister's Office Director-7 Md Rafiqul Alam filed a case with Tejgaon police station against the accused.

Later, police arrested Mumin from Bhola, and Fahad along with another person was detained from Dhaka’s Mohammadpur area.

On May 8, a Dhaka court granted four-day remand each for the trio after being produced before it.