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15 September, 2019 12:01:01 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 15 September, 2019 03:10:10 PM
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JU VC asks BCL leaders to prove graft charges against her family

No money given to BCL unit from the development project funds, reiterates Professor Farzana
Our Correspondents, DU, JU
JU VC asks BCL leaders to prove graft charges against her family

The Vice-Chancellor (VC) of Jahangirnagar University (JU) has said that allegations made by the president and secretary of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) against her family were false, baseless and motivated. “If my family is involved in corruption, the BCL leaders must prove it”, she said. She threw the challenge to the BCL leaders, Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon and Golam Rabbani, at a meeting with journalists at her residence yesterday.

“The allegation made by central BCL general secretary stating that we gave Tk 1.62 crore to the JU unit of the BCL is totally false and motivated. . Neither me nor my son called the central BCL president and secretary before Eid-Ul-Azha. They willingly came to my residence to meet me and demanded a part of the project money. They pressured me as I did not agree with them," she said.

Expressing anguish, BCL President Shovon said to The Independent that he was made a "political scapegoat" in the DUCSU elections, and that the process was still going on.

When asked whether he was involved in unethical money transaction in the ongoing JU development project, the BCL president said, "We talked about various matters with the VC madam, like the movement taking place at that time regarding corruption issues and the conducting of JU students' union elections. But we didn’t ask for a penny from her. It was an unexpected incident. Our leader Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is aware about everything. We are hopeful, she'll do justice to us.”

The BCL unit of the JU expressed reluctance to The Independent about a judicial probe into alleged corruption in the mega project worth Tk 1,445 crore on the campus.

Denying the allegation of getting Tk 1.62 crore, JU unit BCL president Jewel Rana said, “As we did not get any money, there is no need for a judicial inquiry. The central president and secretary contacted me to meet the VC, Professor Farzana Islam, before Eid-Ul Azha. I contacted the VC and arranged a schedule. Finally, the central president and secretary met the VC as per the schedule.”

“I was present during the first phase of discussion. However, after sometime, the BCL central leaders wanted to meet the VC alone. So, I came out from the meeting room. As no discussion about money was held in front me, I don’t know what sort of deal was proposed

by the central leaders to the VC. We do believe that the BCL central leaders are responsible persons. They cannot condemn us in a one-sided way. We are always prepared to follow their instructions. Golam Rabbani, by holding his current position, cannot make allegations against us stating that we took money from the VC”, he added.

The charges and counter-charges made by the VC and the BCL leaders resulted in a controversy on the JU campus. The talk of the campus is: who is really guilty of corruption.

The platform, “Jahangirnagar against Corruption”, called an emergency meeting Saturday evening at the New Arts Building to decide how it will proceed on with regard to its movement. The meeting was going on at the time of filing this report.

Students have been agitating since August 23, demanding relocation of three male students’ dormitories, which the authorities planned to construct near Rabindranath Hall, and a judicial probe into allegations of corruption and irregularities that took place before the approval of these mega projects. The university authorities have accepted the demands.

Students and teachers also protested against the alleged corruption by the authorities and unplanned development work that would endanger the biodiversity of the campus.

SHK

 

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