Suranjit Sengupta

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Suranjit Sengupta
Native name সুরঞ্জিৎ সেনগুপ্ত
Born (1945-05-05)5 May 1945[1]
Anwarpur, Derai Upazila, Sunamganj, Sylhet, British India[2]
Died 5 February 2017(2017-02-05) (aged 71)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Nationality Bangladeshi
Education MA, LLB[2]
Occupation politician, lawyer
Political party Bangladesh Awami League
Spouse(s) Jaya Sengupta
Children Showmon Sengupta
Parents
  • Devendra Nath Sengupta (father)
  • Sumati Bala Sengupta (mother)

Suranjit Sengupta (5 May 1945 – 5 February 2017) was a Bangladesh Awami League politician, and resigned in 2012 as second Railway Minister of Bangladesh.[3] He was the Member of Parliament from Sunamganj-2 constituency in the Jatiyo Sangshad and a member of the party's advisory council. He served as the chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on the Law, Justice, and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Sengupta was born in Derai Upazila, Sunamganj District to Devendra Nath Sengupta and Sumati Bala Sengupta.[5] Among four brothers and a sister, he was the youngest.[6] He completed his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Dhaka. He earned his LLB at the Central Law College and practised law for a while.[7]

Career[edit]

Sengupta started his career as a lawyer. He became a member of Supreme Court Bar Council.[5] He started his political career with leftist parties. In 1970's National Election of Pakistan, he was elected from the Sylhet District as a candidate of the National Awami Party in the Provincial Assembly. He participated in the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971 as a sub-commander of the Sector-5.[7] In the first constituent assembly of Bangladesh, he was a vocal member of the opposition bench. In 1979, he represented the Ekota Party in the House and in 1991, the Ganatantri Party.[7] He joined Bangladesh Awami League party in 1996, but lost the national election that year. But he made to parliament through a by-election. He represented Sunamganj-2 constituency in the next three Parliaments.[7]

On 24 February 1996, prior to the controversial elections that month, police raided his house along with those of Amir Hossain Amu and Abdur Razzak under the Special Powers Act, but were unable to locate him.[8]

In November 2011, Sengupta was made a Cabinet member of the newly-formed Railways Ministry.[7] But after a bribery scandal became known, leaders from both the Bangladesh Workers Party and the Awami League called for him to resign.[3] He served as a minister without a portfolio. He was not selected for a Cabinet position after the 2014 election.[7]

Railway bribery scandal[edit]

Suranjit took over as Railway Minister and resigned after 5 months on an allegation of bribery.[3] He was accused of direct involvement in corruption 100 million Taka. On 9 April 2012 his assistant personal secretary, general manager of the eastern region, and commandant of security were driving to Suranjit's residence with 7.4 million Taka of bribe money, when the driver Azam Khan turned them in.[3][9] On 17 April 2012, Suranjit Sengupta was appointed minister without portfolio one day after submitting his resignation as Railways Minister and after being accused of bribery.[10][11]

Amar Desh allegations of corruption[edit]

On 31 March 2013, the newspaper Amar Desh published a report stating that Sengupta demanded a thirty million Taka bribe from an orphanage project, and cancelled the project's funding when his demand was refused. Sengupta commented on the report, saying, "The matter of asking for a three crore bribe is a complete lie. There are 36–37 education institutions in my area. But the huge funding of this project created a negative impression with the local institutions. So I suggested distributing the fund equally to the existing institutions in order to eliminate the negativity created."[12]

In April 2013, Sengupta brought a defamation case against the Amar Desh staff, including Mahmudur Rahman and an NGO official for the publishing of this report.[13][14]

Personal life and death[edit]

Sengupta was married to Jaya Sengupta. Together they had one son, Showmon Sengupta.[6]

Sengupta died on 5 February 2017 at Labaid hospital in Dhaka. According to Awami League secretary Obaidul Quader, he died at 4:24 in the morning.[15][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rashidul Hasan (February 5, 2017). "Suranjit Sengupta: At a glance". The Daily Star. Retrieved February 5, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Constituency 225". Bangladesh Parliament. 21 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d Majumder, Srabanti (13 April 2012). "Slap on the ugly face of corrupt Suranjit". Weekly Blitz. Archived from the original on 27 January 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "AL leader Suranjit Sengupta dies". The Daily Star. 2017-02-05. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  5. ^ a b Rashidul Hasan (February 5, 2017). "Suranjit Sengupta: At a glance". The Daily Star. Retrieved February 10, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b Sajidul Haque (5 February 2017). "Suranjit Sengupta's death marks 'end of an era'". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Veteran Awami League politician, parliamentarian Suranjit Sengupta dies". bdnews24.com. 5 February 2017. Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  8. ^ "Bangladesh Political Violence On All Sides". Human Rights Watch. Vol. 8 no. 6. 1 June 1996. 
  9. ^ "Tk 74 lakh was going to house of Suranjit". The Daily Star. 6 October 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "Keeping Suranjit and Sohel at Cabinet: The Constitutional Debate". Banglanews24.com. 19 May 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Suranjit is back". The Daily Star. 18 April 2012. 
  12. ^ Chaudhuri, Kader Gani (31 March 2013). এতিম স্কুলের বরাদ্দ থেকে তিন কোটি টাকা ঘুষ দাবি সুরঞ্জিতের [Sengupta's three crore bribe demand from orphanage's funding]. Amar Desh (in Bangla). Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  13. ^ "Amar Desh editor sued over report". The Daily Star. Dhaka. 4 April 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "Amar Desh editor prosecuted". New Age. 4 April 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  15. ^ "Veteran Awami League politician, parliamentarian Suranjit Sengupta dies". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 

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