The assistant director of the regional office of the Directorate of Consumer Rights Protection Cox’s Bazar returned one lakh taka of bribe. Imran Hossain. 48 hours after taking the bribe, he returned the money to the complainant after an arbitration meeting at Cox’s Bazar District Commissioner’s office on Thursday (September 8) evening.
In this incident, the administration has handed over Riduan, a member of the Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB) Cox’s Bazar, to the police.
According to the information provided by the Cox’s Bazar district administration, the Directorate of Consumer Rights Protection conducted a mobile court in Ramu on Tuesday (September 6). On that day, Ramu Choumuhni’s Nahar filling station was fined Tk 4 lakh by the Assistant Director of Consumer Rights Protection Directorate, Cox’s Bazar. Imran Hossain. Later, when the filling station authorities expressed their inability to pay the fine, the company was sealed.
After sealing, Riduan, who gave his identity as a member of Cab Cox’s Bazar, again went to the filling station and demanded a bribe from the authorities. Later, Nahar filling station authorities exchanged bribes with Riduan. Then in the evening, the assistant director of the Directorate of Consumer Rights. Imran Hossain once again visited Nahar filling station. Instead of the previous fine, he gave a new fine of Tk 20,000 and took Tk 120,000 and removed the station’s seal.
The officials of the filling station told their owner Ejazul Omar Chowdhury Prakash Battu Miah, an expatriate of the United States. Later on his suggestion Nahar filling station manager Abdullah gave a written complaint to the Deputy Commissioner of Cox’s Bazar. After receiving the complaints, an arbitration meeting was held on Thursday evening at the Deputy Commissioner’s office with both parties. After the meeting, Imran Hossain returned the bribe of one lakh rupees.
Cox’s Bazar ADM Abu Sufian, three executive magistrates, accused Imran Hossain and his associate Riduan and the complainants were present in the meeting. The evidence proved the fact of bribery.
Sources of the meeting said that 10,000 taka of bribe was taken by Riduan and the remaining 90,000 was taken by Imran Hossain. Later Riduan was handed over to the police by the administration.
Additional District Magistrate (ADM) of Cox’s Bazar Abu Sufian said that cases are being filed regularly against Riduan. Besides, a recommendation has been made to the Director General of Consumer Rights Protection to take departmental action against Assistant Director Imran Hossain.
Imran Hossain, Assistant Director of Consumer Rights Protection Directorate, was called several times on his mobile phone to inquire about the complaint. He cut the phone without answering even though it rang.
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