Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Alleged Corruption by President, Secy: 11 Rajshahi Bar members resign in protest

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Eleven executives of Rajshahi Bar Association yesterday resigned protesting alleged corruption by association's president and general secretary.

They are vice-president AKM Mizanur Rahman, third joint secretary Habibur Rahman, audit secretary Shamsul Haque, Library secretary Mahmudur Rahman, press and information secretary Masud Sarder, accounts secretary Nazmul Haque Mintu, magazine and cultural secretary Rajab Ali and members Abdul Matin Chowdhury, Parvez Towfik Zahedi, Aftabur Rahman and SM Mofazzal Haque.

The announcement of en masse resignation came from a press conference at Rajshahi Metropolitan Press Club at noon.

Some 50 other senior lawyers under the banner of 'Rajshahi Ainjibi Oikya Parishad' were present at the press conference.

The lawyers alleged that Bar Association President Muhammad Yahiya and General Secretary Lokman Ali were engaged in distributing forged vokalatnama (power of attorney) among the lawyers and in this way they misappropriated around Tk 26 lakh between November 23, 2008 and September 6, 2009.

They said forged stickers of Bangladesh Bar Council and forged signature of relevant officials were used in the vokalatnama.

The bar association did not take any action against the staff found involved in forgery through an investigation, they alleged.

Public Prosecutor of Speedy Trial Tribunal Entajul Haque Babu said he filed a case with Rajpara Police Station against the association's administrative officer Nurul Islam and form seller Umme Kulsum for vokalatnama forgery on September 8.

Ignoring the case, he alleged, the association's general secretary lodged another suit with a Rajshahi court to weaken the previous case on legal point.

Babu demanded proper investigation into the allegations and exemplary punishment to the persons involved.

Contacted, Muhammad Yahiya said, "How can the lawyers (who brought the allegations) point finger to anyone when the investigation is yet to be complete", he said referring to the cases lodged in this regard.

Yahiya said he is unaware of any probe report on vokalatnama forgery

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