ACC arrests ex-Padma Oil MD over Tk 30m graft case
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested former Padma Oil Managing Director Abul Khaer over an embezzlement case.
Abul Khaer was detained from his home in Gulshan on Thursday, said ACC Deputy Director (Public Relations) Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, reports bdnews24.com.
Khaer was accused last April in two cases of embezzlement during his time at Padma Oil amounting to Tk 30.85 million at Chittagong’s Sadarghat Police Station.
Khaer, who had working as a managing director at another state oil company, Jamuna Oil, took post-retirement leave from the two weeks ago.
The plaintiff in the cases, ACC Assistant Director Shirajul Haque is also investigating them. Six others have been accused in the cases alongside Khaer.
One of the cases claims that nearly Tk 2.75 million was embezzled from the ‘Jet Fuel Hydrant Line’ project at Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, which was overseen by Padma Oil.
The other case accuses the suspects of embezzling close to Tk 3.3 million from an office construction project at Khulna’s Daulatpur.
‘Jet Fuel Hydrant Line’ Project Director Md Ali Hossain and contractor Maxwell Engineering Workers Limited Managing Director Fahim Zaman Pathan are the two other suspects in the airport case.
The other suspects in the office embezzlement case are Padma Oil DGM and Project Director Md Nurul Amin, Engineering Division official KM Abdur Rahim and the division’s Deputy Manager Salehin Ahmed Akkas and contractor Md Yunus and Co Owner Anisur Rahman.
“The suspect has been arrested as part of the investigation,” Shirajul Haque told bdnews24.com. "He will be brought to court today with a request to send him to jail."