The prime minister’s ICT affairs adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy has alleged the allegation of corruption in Padma bridge project was a “plot of the World Bank” against prime minister Sheikh Hasina in an attempt to discredit her.
Earlier in the day, a Canadian court dismissed the graft allegation in Padma Bridge project and acquitted three business executives of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.
According to the Joy’s status, the World Bank which was fighting the case has backtracked on providing the Canadian court with “further evidence”, leading to the dismissal of the graft allegation.
Joy claimed that the allegation was made up. “The Canadian court trying the Padma Bridge corruption case has found no evidence of corruption in the project and dismissed all charges. The court stated that the evidence was based on “gossip and rumour”.”
He also accused the World Bank of fabricating the evidence.
“I had seen the evidence myself during the whole episode. It was quite clearly made up as there were no concrete details, just one anonymous source who was never revealed, even to the Canadian court.
“In fact, the World Bank fought the court and claimed sovereign immunity against having to provide further evidence. So they filed charges but refused to provide evidence of their claims!
“The World Bank came up with this plot against my mother, prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s government in an attempt to discredit her. Then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had instructed the World Bank to cancel the funding of the Padma Bridge in order to punish our Government.
“She (Hillary Clinton) did so because Mohammed [sic] Yunus was repeatedly asking her to take action against my mother,” read the Facebook status of Joy.
He further alleged that he was contacted several times during that episode by US state department officials “conveying threats from Hillary Clinton against our Government if we did not back off Yunus.”
He accused Yunus of trying deliberately to hurt Bangladesh using a foreign power.
“Because of him [Yunus], the World Bank attempted to stop the largest infrastructure project in Bangladesh that would benefit tens of millions of people and transform our south western region.”
Calling upon the members of the civil society who had sided with the WB to apologise to Sheikh Hasina, the AL government as well as to the people of the country, Joy said, “It is also shameful that a section of our so called civil society immediately took sides against our country in favor of the World Bank.
“They dragged the reputation of several highly respected, qualified and hardworking people through the mud, people such as my mother’s former adviser Mashiur Rahman.”
He said those people who took sides against Bangladesh are “unpatriotic.”
“They also owe prime minister Sheikh Hasina, her AL government and all the people whose reputation they hurt an apology. Indeed, they owe Bangladesh an apology.”