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3 August, 2017 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 2 August, 2017 11:17:01 PM
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Out on bail in criminal case, LGED engineer rejoins duty

STAFF REPORTER

The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) is yet to take any punitive action against one of its engineers who faces the charge of a criminal offence. This is in violation of Section 73 of the Services Rules for Public Servants.

The engineer, Azizur Rahman, has already served 11 days in jail and is currently out on bail. Some officials of the department have expressed their dislike of the LGED higher authority’s role in this matter.

LGED chief engineer Shyama Prosad Adhikari, who allegedly helped Rahman rejoin the job, refused to comment yesterday. However, assistant chief engineer Mahbub Imam Morshed, who is also the personal secretary to the chief engineer, admitted to this correspondent that Rahman had rejoined duty in violation of the service rules. Azizur's arrest in a criminal case warranted some kind of punitive measure, or even suspension.

“He (Azizur) was arrested in a case lodged against him in the Women and Children Repression Court.

It is a family matter. He was in jail for 11 days.

But the LGED has no authority to suspend a Class-1 officer.

So, we have sent a proposal to the Local Government Division (LGD) regarding his punishment. Since the LGD is yet to respond, the LGED has not taken any further steps,” Morshed explained.

According to the service rules, a public servant must be suspended if he or she is convicted or arrested in connection with any criminal offence.  After his release from jail, he/she will return to the job following the procedures of the services rules.

Azizur was arrested on July 7 midnight from his Ashuganj home under the Women and Children Repression Act.

His wife alleged that he tortured her, demanded dowry repeatedly and did not pay her expenses. Insiders alleged that Azizur bribed top LGED officials after his arrest. That is why they have refrained from taking any punitive measures and allowed him to rejoin duty.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
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