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NU VC challenges CPB president over bribery issue

DHAKA, April 21, 2017 (BSS) - National University (NU) Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Harun-or- Rashid has challenged Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) President Muzahidul Islam Selim for his comment about "bribery culture" in the country and asked him to keep his words by according reception to 131 persons who were appointed recently at the NU without any kickback.

His challenge came following a report headlined "Ghush Chhaara Chakri Peyechhen Emon Lokke Sangbardhana Deben Selim" (Selim would give reception to such persons who got job without bribe) published in different dailies including Daily Janakantha on April 20.

"Like numerous readers, the report also drew my attention," the NU vice chancellor said in a statement today. Prof Harun said it is well-known that bribe, graft and nepotism are current menaces and much-talked-about issues in "our social and state life".

But, it's also true that there are many people in the country who are freed from those crimes, he said.

Quoting the news published in the dailies, the NU vice-chancellor mentioned that the CPB president at a rally in front of Jatiya Press Club on Thursday said he (Selim) would give reception to those persons who got job without bribe.

"Following his announcement, it is being humbly informed to him (Selim) that apart from other recruitments that took place at the NU in the last four years, recently the university appointed 131 persons as office assistants on the basis of written and viva tests and there is no question of getting the jobs in exchange for bribe by any of them," he said.

Prof Harun said Selim could examine through all kinds of means including taking their personal interview and the list of the appointees with their photographs would be sent to him soon.

"I hope that the CPB president would keep his words by according reception to them," he said in the statement.