3 sent to jail in Barapukuria coal scam case


A court on Wednesday sent three people, including a former managing director of Barapukuria Coal Mining Company Limited (BCMCL), to jail in a case filed over the disappearance of coal worth Tk 243.28 crore from the coalmine, reports UNB. 

It, however, granted bail to 20 other people, including six former MDs of the BCMCL, when all of them surrendered before it following a warrant issued for their arrest on Tuesday.

Those denied bail are former MD Engineer Habib Uddin, former general manager Abu Taher Mohammad Nuruzzaman Chowdhury and deputy general manager AKM Khademul Islam.

District and session's judge Aziz Ahmed Bhuiyan passed the order at noon.

Earlier, the 23 accused in the case turned up filing bail petitions with the court.

On Tuesday, the same court issued a warrant for the arrest of the 23 accused, including seven former MDs of BCMCL, after accepting the charge-sheet in the case.

The court also exempted five other accused as their involvement was not found in the scam.

The six other former MDs of BCMCL who secured bail are Mahbubur Rahman, Abdul Aziz Khan, Engineer Khurshid Alam, Quamruzzaman, Anisuzzaman and SM Nurul Aurangajeb.

BCMCL Manager Anisur Rahman filed the case against 19 BCMCL officials with Parbatipur Police Station on 24 July 2018, in connection with the 'disappearance of 1.44 lakh tonnes of coal' from the mine.

Later, the case was transferred to the ACC.

On 24 July last, the ACC submitted the charge-sheet against 23 people in the case.