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Chief Engineers: Awarded, Arrested

Engineer awarded Rs 23 lakh for loss of 10 teeth in accident
Rebecca Samervel | Aug 6, 2017

MUMBAI: Ruling out that loss of earning capacity was the only key factor in deciding the compensation amount in an accident case, a Motor Accident Claims Tribunal has ordered an insurance firm and owner of a tempo to pay a Rs 23 lakh compensation to a man who suffered facial deformities in a 2008 accident. The man, who works as a ship engineer and used to earn Rs 60,000 a month at the time of the accident, now earns double the amount--Rs 1.2 lakh.

"Though the earning capacity of the petitioner is not affected due to the disabilities, in day to day life he is suffering due to facial deformities. The petitioner has lost ten teeth and artificial teeth have been grafted by surgery ," the tribunal said.

Shipping Minister Shajahan backed chief engineer arrested on bribery charges
Kazi Sajidul Haque 2017-08-11

Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan had thrown his weight at the time behind the engineer, according to the minutes of a meeting of the parliamentary standing committee on the ministry. Fakhrul was later arrested on bribery charges.

The minister did not take phone calls for comments on the issue.

The Anti-Corruption Commission said its officials caught Fakhrul, the chief engineer and surveyor of the shipping department, with Tk 500,000 he had taken in bribe to approve a ship's design on July 17.

Three days later, the parliamentary committee again discussed the allegations of irregularity that had surfaced against Fakhrul nearly a year ago. The government suspended him on Aug 2.

A copy of the minutes of the meeting is with

In that meeting, panel chief Rafiqul Islam MP referred to another meeting held in August last year and said the allegations against Fakhrul came to the fore at the time.

The committee then recommended his removal, but the ministry refused to act.

In the meeting last year, Shipping Minister Khan argued that there were only four surveyors for around 10,000 ships. "Who will conduct the survey if we sack him?" he asked.

Rafiqul in last month's meeting expressed ire over the issue.

"The shipping ministry's reputation would not have been damaged had steps been taken after investigating the allegations against surveyor Fakhrul at that time," the MP said, according to the minutes of the meeting.

After Thursday's meeting, Rafiqul told "It was discussed in the previous meeting. I said what I had to at that meeting. We didn't discuss it today."

A shipping ministry official said the July 20 meeting saw a lot of heated arguments.

"Most of the committee members blamed the ministry for not heeding to the previous corruption allegations against surveyor Fakhrul Islam," he said.

He spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to the media on the issue.