Omar Faruq Talukder, assistant personal secretary to the then railway minister Suranjit Sengupta, was sentenced to five years imprisonment in a case filed for acquiring illegal wealth of Tk 32 lakh.
Judge (in-charge) Ataur Rahman of Special Judge Court-4 also fined him Tk 1.23 crore in default of which he will have to serve two years and six months more in jail.
It also cancelled Faruk’s bail and sent him to jail.
The Anti-Corruption Commission filed the case against Faruq on August 14, 2012.
On April 9, 2012, driver of Faruq drove his microbus into the Border Guard Bangladesh’s Pilkhana headquarters in the capital and shouted that the vehicle was carrying illegal money.
The haul of Tk 70 lakh cash in the microbus of Suranjit’s APS drew huge flak that led to the minister’s resignation same year.
After the April 9 incident, allegations arose that there had been many irregularities in recruitment in the railway sector and that the cash found in the microbus was part of the bribe taken for the jobs.
Source: Daily Star, Dhaka, Bangladesh