Saturday, July 28, 2012

RAJUK sent Banani Plot Scam case to ACC

RAJUK Bhaban

RAJUK only a couple of months ago passed the issue of controversial allotment of 55 housing plots in Banani, Dhaka to influential BNP people to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). Although the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAJUK) holds the legal authority to cancel allotment of a plot obtained through false declaration, it referred relevant documents to ACC in the first week of April to investigate alleged anomalies following a parliamentary committee query in February this year.
In March 2005, RAJUK floated an open invitation but considered only the powerful ministers, state ministers and lawmakers and politically-loyal businessmen and intellectuals to allot each a 5-katha plot at the 20-bigha housing scheme. It even earth-filled a portion of a nearby lake to create at least seven lakeside plots for “important” persons of the then BNP-Jamaat alliance government. The action raised allegation of politicisation in the allotment process and the demand for cancellation of so-called Banani BNP Palli close to NAM flats.
 In July 2010, RAJUK sent the National Board of Revenue (NBR) the allotment documents for scrutiny of the Halafnama (undertaking) on wealth declaration, as it has no mechanism to verify those. While the NBR has not yet provided any feedback on the authenticity of the wealth declarations. Asked why RAJUK sent the documents to NBR only two years ago and had been silent since 2007, Nurul Huda said perhaps the then officials could explain that. Responding to a query that why Rajuk take halafnama when it cannot check it, he said it was only a safeguard and they only refer those to NBR against which questions were raised. He said they referred the controversial plot documents to ACC as an “additional measure”. Asked how they can annul an anomalous plot allotment when most of the plots by now have been developed with multi-storied residential buildings, Huda said, “It all depends on top-level government decision.”

Following are the former ministers, state ministers and lawmakers who got plot allotment:
Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan, Hafiz Uddin, Tariqul Islam, Abdullah Al Noman, A Matin Chowdhury, Fazlur Rahman Patal, Lutfuzzaman Babar, S Alamgir Kabir, Lutfor Rahman Khan Azad, M Ruhul Kuddus Talukdar, Asadul Habib Dulu, Barkatullah Bulu, Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin, ANM Ehsanul Haq Milon, Selima Rahman, Rezaul Karim. Akhtar Hamid Siddiqui, Mojibur Rahman Sarwar, Habibul Islam Habib, Md Alauddin, M Naser Rahman, Major (retd) Sayeed Eskander, Shahidul Islam, Moshiur Rahman, Shahidul Alam Talukder, Shajahan Chowdhury, Mojibor Rahman Monzu, Md Hafiz Ibrahim, Nazim Uddin Alam, M Ilias Ali, Fazlul Haq Milon, Moazzem Hossain Alal, Abul Hossain Khan, Abdul Hai, Abul Khayer Bhuiyan, Shahiduddin Chowdhury Annie, Alamgir Haider Khan, Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu, Salahuddin Ahmed, Kabir Hossain, Nadim Mostafa, Khairul Kabir Khokon, Shamsuddin Ahmed Eshak and Habibul Islam Habib. Imtiaz Uddin Ahmed, son of former president Iajuddin Uddin Ahmed, former adviser to foreign ministry Reaz Rahman, Masuda Akram, sister-in-law of former housing minister Mirza Abbas, former mayor of Rajshahi Mizanur Rahman Minu, businessmen Mofikul Hasan Tripty, Ahsan Habib, Hasan Reza, former DU vice-chancellor Prof Maniruzzaman Miah, Saleh Ahmmed got plots under other categories. Former lawmakers Hafizuddin Ahmed of Jatiya Party and Hamida Banu Shova of Awami League also got plots.

Excerpts of the report published in the Daily Star by Tawfique Ali, edited for you by myRealEstateBD.

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