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2 forest officials sent to jail in Rangamati

SHANTIMOY CHAKMA: Rangamati District and Session Judge’s Court on Sunday sent to jail two forest officials rejecting their bail petition in a graft case filed by Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

The duos are assistant chief conservator of forest of head office Rezaul Karim Sikder and assistant conservator of forest (ACF) of Unclassified Forest Division (USF) Saiful Islam. Rezaul was divisional forest officer (DFO) in CHT-South Forest Division and ACF Saiful in the USF division in Rangamati.

In 2006, sub-assistant director of ACC, Chittagong-2 filed a corruption case against four forest officials including the two while they were in Rangamati forest division for their involvement in a forgery of a permit. The duos made fake permit in the name of mouzas ‘holding no-45 (6) of 114 no Balukhali mouza under sadar upazila of Rangamati district, and they smuggled out 99,200 cubic feet (CFT) of teak wood worth Tk 14.88 thousand from the government reserve forests, ACC case’s findings stated.

Abusing their power, the two officials took shelter of fraudulent and forgery to be self benefited them, it mentioned.

District and Session Judge Shams-Ul-Arefin on Sunday sent them to jail when they were surrendered to the court, rejecting their bail prayer

 Md. Reaz Uddin, sub-assistant director of ACC, Chittagong-2, was submitted his final report of the case accusing the two on January 26, 2015. Two other forest officials were acquitted from the case as their involvement was not found in the scam. (CHTJ/Desk).