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>124 corrupt Titas staff return Tk 350cr wealth

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>ONE hundred and twenty-four staff of Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd handed over their illegally amassed wealth worth about Tk 350 crore to the task force on Tuesday while 11 others also supposed to do so have gone into hiding, sources said.
Earlier, all these 135 staff including 10 officials had admitted their involvement in corruption and committed to return illegally accumulated wealth.
The task force formed for Titas Tuesday recommended to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and National Board of Revenue (NBR) filing cases against 30 other staff for concealing wealth.
Members of the task force had earlier found inconsistencies in wealth statements of the 30 staff, 20 of them officials. But they claimed to have no illegal wealth.
Titas and task force sources said all Titas staff have been asked by the company authorities to submit wealth statements.
When contacted yesterday, Khalekuzzaman Faruq, general manager (administration) of Titas however declined to make any comments in this regard.
Many of the 124 staff yesterday handed over deeds and documents of illegal wealth worth several crore taka each, task force sources said.
A number of Titas staff have become billionaire or millionaire through corruption, they pointed out.
The 11 staff who are hiding include meter readers Mahbubur Rahman, Faizul Huq and Abul Kashem, former CBA president Habibur Rahman, helper Mokter Miah, supervisers Tofayel Ahmed Chowdhury and Sohrab Hossain, Md Reaz Ahmed, Fayez Ahmed and two sales assistants.
Lt Col ATM Hasan Ahmed, chief coordinator of the task force, yesterday told The Daily Star, “Out of 135 staff who admitted involvement in corruption and committed to return illegal wealth, 124 have handed over their deeds and documents.”


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