Syed Abul Hossain’s resignation accepted
President Zillur Rahman on Thursday accepted the resignation former Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain had submitted exactly a month ago.
President’s Office Secretary Shafiul Alam confirmed bdnews24.com about the President accepting the resignation.
On July 23, the beleaguered minister, who was later given charge of the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, had tendered his resignation letter, 10 months after charges of corruption in the Padma bridge project surfaced.
The resignation was welcomed by a cross-section of people though considered delayed, and is expected to end the 10-month-long crisis the government has been facing over perceived corruption in the proposed bridge work that led the World Bank to suspend its promised fund for Bangladesh’s biggest infrastructure project.
Hossain had submitted his resignation in a dramatic way by leaving his residence in a car without waving flag and not attending the Cabinet meeting scheduled for the day. Journalists thronged his residence for comment as he was unreachable over cell phone, but in vain.
The minister, however, never admitted that he was involved in any corruption while he was the Communication Minister until Sept last year. But he was transferred from the Ministry of Communication amid growing calls from inside the ruling coalition and the opposition.
Eventually, the global lending agency cancelled its $ 1.2 billion fund for the $2.9 billion project on Jun 29. It claimed the government did not follow its suggestion to send the officials linked to the alleged corruption and holding powerful position on leave until the investigation was complete.
The government castigated the Washington-based lender for its decision while Abul pleaded his innocence in the media.
Abul was made Communications Minister on Jan 6, 2009, when Hasina formed her Cabinet after assuming power. He was a State Minister in the Cabinet the Awami League had formed during its previous 1996-2001 tenure.