CSTU’s land acquisition irregularities baseless: Dipu Moni...

CSTU’s land acquisition irregularities baseless: Dipu Moni

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 09:42 PM, 27 January 2022   Updated: 09:43 PM, 27 January 2022

Education Minister Dr. Dipu Moni held a press conference at her official residence in the capital’s Hair Road 

Education Minister Dr. Dipu Moni held a press conference at her official residence in the capital’s Hair Road 

The news published about the irregularities in land acquisition of Chandpur Science and Technology University (CSTU) is untrue, motivated and baseless, claimed Education Minister Dr. Dipu Moni.

She made the remarks at a press conference at her official residence on Thursday evening in response to allegations leveled against her family members in connection with the land acquisition. 

“I have no purchased land in Chandpur, but likely to have due to ancestral lineage,” said Education Minister. 

“From the evidence I have, I can say that my brother had a little bit of land – which he handed over. As I am in a post in the Government, he handed it over before the acquisition. Neither I nor my family acquired lands in that part of the university,” Dr. Dipu Moni also said, mentioned that a political colleague of her may acquire land there.

“Whenever any development work is undertaken in Chandpur, a circle strongly opposes it,” Education Minister said. However, no conspiracy will prevent the establishment of this university. “Development work and academic activities will go ahead”.

Dipu Moni further said there are several agencies of the Government to investigate and probe corruption. “I hope those agencies will investigate and find out the real information. If there is any corruption, legal action will be taken against those who are found to be involved,” she added.

Noted that on 23 December 2019, the Cabinet gave final approval to the draft of ‘Chandpur Science and Technology University Act-2019’. The bill to establish CSTU was passed in Parliament on 9 September 2020. The journey of the university started on September 15 through the official gazette.

Meanwhile, work is underway to acquire 60 acres of land for the university at Lakshmipur village in Sadar upazila, just east of the Chandpur-Haimchar upazila road, four kilometers south of Chandpur district town. 

Chandpur DC Anjana Khan Majlish has alleged corruption in the process of land acquisition.

In a report sent to the Ministry of Land, the DC said the government was losing about Tk 360 crore in the land acquisition process.

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