Regarding a news item titled ‘BTCL MD illegally interferes with bidding process’ published in The Asian Age online on May 21, 2023, the BTCL authority in a statement issued on May 25 saying that, Mr Asaduzzaman Chowdhury, Managing Director (Additional Charge) BTCL never interfered at any bidding process of BTCL.
Mr Asaduzzaman Chowdhury, as MD, BTCL (Additional Charge) is not a member of Board of Directors of BTCL or Teletalk. The allegation ‘He has earned a great deal of ill-gotten gains’ is false and imaginary.
As a G2G Project, MOTN Project’s vendor was selected by ERD of Government of Bangladesh. In MOTN phase 2, the vendor was selected through International Competitive bid, where Mr Asaduzzaman Chowdhruy was not member of the evaluation committee or approving authority also. So the allegation ‘Mr Asaduzzaman gave all the big projects (MOTN phase I and MOTN phase II) to ZTE in the last 7 years’ is false and illogical.
Regarding Development of BTCL’s Optical Fiber Transmission Network for 5G Readiness Project, the allegation ‘the tender process is unlawfully hindered’ is not true. Because the tender process was never hindered rather it is being processed as per norms of PPP.
The allegation ‘Mr Asaduzzaman is delaying in approving the report’ is not true. The approving process needs time i.e some working days (not calendar day) naturally. As per consumed working days, the consumed time cannot be marked as delay. Until the financial offer is open, nobody knows the financial position of any participating bidder.
Mr Asaduzzaman never contacted the Technical Evaluation Committee during evaluation and hence the issue of pressuring the project team is false. All the allegations raised against Mr Asaduzzaman Chowdhury in the report are false and imaginary.