Dhaka, Bangladesh
Titans in transport sector fall in fracas

Titans in transport sector fall in fracas

Shajahan Khan summoned in defamation suit filed by Ilias Kanchan

News Report: Two powerful union leaders in transport sector– former shipping minister Shahjahan Khan and owner of Ena Paribahan Khandaker Enayetullah– have fallen in fracas. A court in Dhaka on Thursday summoned Shajahan Khan, the chief of Bangladesh Sarak Paribahan Sramik Federation, in a defamation case filed by Nirapad Sarak Chai founder Ilias Kanchan. Joint District and Sessions Judge Utpal Bhattyacharya passed the order without fixing any date. Supreme Court lawyer Md Rezaul Karim filed the case on Wednesday against the former minister on behalf Ilias Kanchan. According to the case statement, on December 8 last year, Shajahan Khan at a programme in Rupganj made offensive and abusive remarks about Ilias Kanchan. Shajahan, also transport workers' leader, said: "I'd disclose it to the people how Ilias Kanchan gets money and for what purpose, how much money he takes for himself and how much for his son and daughter-in-law." The Anti-Corruption Commission has opened a probe against transport sector leader Khandaker Enayetullah over the allegation of extorting Tk 16.5 million per day from the buses in Dhaka and its surroundings. ACC Deputy Director Mohammed Nurul Huda recently wrote to the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority seeking information on the complaint against Enayet. Enayetullah, also general secretary of Dhaka Road Transport Owners Association, has allegedly extorted Tk 16.5 million a day from the 15,000 buses operating in Dhaka and its surroundings, and also amassed illegal wealth running into millions, the ACC said in the letter. ACC sought the details of the vehicles registered under the names of Enayetullah, his wife Nargis Samsad, daughter Chashme Jahan Nishi and son Ridwanul Ashiq Niloy to the investigation officer. Enayetullah denied any wrongdoing, dismissing the ACC probe as a 'conspiracy' against him.

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