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‘Those who fanned Padma allegation should apologise’

11 Feb, 2017 15:57:46

Staff Correspondent:Prime Minister's Economic Affairs Adviser Mashiur Rahman today said that notable Bangladeshis who had contributed to flaring up the issue of the alleged corruption in the Padma bridge project should perdone.

These people should at least admit their errors to the prime minister and apologise, the adviser said.

His comments came after an Ontario Superior Court justice dismissed an international bribery case linked to the project yesterday at the prosecution's request, reports CBCNews.

Mashiur Rahman said, they should also publish the people who misguided them.

Mashiur was one of the government high-ups whose name was also implicated in the Padma bridge corruption allegations.

He said the government had always maintained that there was no base to the allegation.

“The verdict [of the Canadian court] has again showd that the government was right. All credits go to the farsightedness of the prime minister because she had taken a bold stance,” he said.

Mashiur Rahman said the corruption allegation involved about $30 million to $40 million.

“Because of the scandal, I backtracked from my decision to contest in the 2014 national election,” he said.

When asked whether he would sue the World Bank, Mashiur said: “I can’t take the decision alone. The prime minister will have to take the decision.”

He, however, said that Bangladesh is also a shareholder of the WB and any issue can be raised in its board.

The economic affairs adviser said the government had sought evidence that justified the allegation, but the proof that the WB had supplied could not convince the government of Bangladesh about the merit of the allegation.

He said the government did not want to get involved in any major tussle with the WB because the country wants to maintain good relations with the multilateral lender.

Mashiur also said following the verdict the WB would be more cautious the way it carries out inspection and gives blame on somebody.

“If the bank can’t get out of this type of attitude, it would not be able to its main mission of eradicating poverty.”

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