A Brief Study that Revealed How Zia Family Embezzled Money by Forming an Eyewash Establishment Named.
A foreign donation in the amount of 4 Crores 443 Lakhs 81 Thousand 216 Taka) which was made in the form of a demand draft from United Saudi Commercial Bank Ltd. to the Prime Minister’s Orphan Fund was transferred by the then Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to the name-only Zia Orphanage Trust rather than being used for hundreds of established orphanages being run in Bangladesh.
After receiving 2 Crores 33 Lakhs 33 Thousand 500 Taka from the Prime Minister’s Orphan Fund, Tarique Rahman used 2 Lakhs 77 Thousand Taka to purchase 2.79 acres of land in the name of Zia Orphanage Trust. In the 13 years between 1993 and 2006, rather than using the rest of the funds for opening an office for the trust or actually setting up the orphanage itself, or spend it for the welfare and interests of orphans, the funds were kept idle.
When the idle funds boosted to 3 Crores 37 Lakhs 9 Thousand 752 Taka accruing interests, Tarique Rahman, through Mominur Rahman (Ziaur Rahman’s nephew), by 6 cheques paid out on 12.04.2006, 15.06.2006 and 04.07.2006 transferred 3 Crores 30 Lakhs Taka to the Gulshan branch of Prime Bank Ltd. for opening Fixed Deposit Receipt (FDR). Using funds from that amount, FDR was opened in the name of the then Chairman of Prime Bank Kazi Salimul Haq Kamal aka Kazi Kamal.
As the then Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office, former Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Dr. Kamal Uddin Siddiqui was entrusted to form and operate the ‘Prime Minister’s Orphan Fund’. Without making any guidelines in this regard, and without keeping any measures of accountability, Dr. Siddiqui, at the behest of the then Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, misused his powers to help form a separate trust with only the family members of the Prime Minister and embezzle the funds of the Prime Minister’s Orphan Fund.
By not auditing the accounts and funds for 14 years, Khaleda Zia directly helped her relatives to use others in embezzling funds meant for orphans.