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Why inaction in Wasa MD removal shouldn’t be declared illegal: HC


Published : 17 Aug 2022 09:47 PM

The High Court (HC) on Wednesday issued a rule questioning why the inaction of the authorities concerned to remove Dhaka Wasa Managing Director Taqsem A Khan from his post should not be declared illegal.

The HC bench of Justice Md Mozibur Rahman Miah and Justice Kazi Md Ejarul Haque Akondo passed order after a hearing a writ petition filed by the Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB).

The HC also ordered the Wasa Board to submit a report within 60 days informing how much money the MD took as salary, bonus and enjoyed other facilities in the last 13 years.

The court wanted to know why the Wasa MD should not be ordered to return the extra money taken as salary and allowances.

The court has issued a rule seeking explanation  as to why Wasa MD’s salary and allowances should not be fixed as per the circular issued by the National Pay Scale of 2015 and the Finance Ministry in 2016.

Barrister Jotirmoy Barua appeared for the writ petition in the court while Deputy Attorney General Arobinda Kumar Roy represented the state.

On July 31, architect Mobasher Hossain filed the writ petition on behalf of CAB challenging the inaction of the Wasa Board of Directors to remove Taqsem A Khan from the post of MD.

According to the writ petition, Taqsem A Khan was appointed as Wasa MD on a three-year contract in 2009. His contract was extended three times even after his poor performance.

The writ also mentioned that Wasa MD was drawing extra salary and allowances going beyond the rules. According to the latest board decision, the monthly salary of Wasa MD is Tk 6.25 lakh.