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PBI to probe 35C embezzlement case against ex-DSCC mayor Khokon, 6 others

  • Published at 04:20 pm December 30th, 2020
Dhaka South City Mayor Sayeed Khokon-Rajib Dhar
File Photo of former DSCC mayor Sayeed Khokon Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

Plaintiff alleges that Khokon and the others took the money from traders in the name of allocating shops at Phulbaria City Supermarket

A Dhaka Court has accepted an embezzlement case filed against former Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) mayor Sayeed Khokon and six others.

Md Delwar Hossain, president of businessmen, owners' association of Gulistan’s Phulbaria City Supermarket 2, on Tuesday had filed the case at the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court, accusing the seven of embezzling around Tk35 crore.

After recording Delwar’s statement, Metropolitan Magistrate Ashek Imam on Wednesday directed the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) to look into the accusations and submit a report before the court by January 31.

The six other accused in the case are Yusuf Ali Sardar, former chief revenue officer of DSCC, and former deputy assistant engineers Majeed, Kamrul Hasan, Helena Akhter, Atiqur Rahman and Md Walid Hossen.

Delwar alleged that Khokon and the six others took around Tk35 crore from him and other traders in the name of allocating shops at Phulbaria City Supermarket’s Block A between June 21, 2015, and September 29, 2019.

But they were not allocated the shops, he alleged, and the shops were now being demolished by the city corporation.

Ignoring huge political pressure, DSCC authorities earlier this month had launched a large-scale eviction drive against illegally set up shops at city markets, including Phulbaria, amid protests of shop owners and employees.

Responding to the news of the case, Sayeed Khokon on Tuesday alleged that his successor, DSCC Mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh, had Delwar file the case.

“Taposh is making Delu [Delwar] do this filthiness,” Khokon said, according to an SMS his Personal Secretary Habibul Islam Suman sent to journalists.

“This is tarnishing my and my party’s [Awami League] image,” read the SMS.