Police have arrested an engineer for allegedly stealing software worth around Tk20 crore from a software development company in Dhaka.
The engineer has been identified as Shahjalal Shahin, a son of late Azharul Haque, from Damurhuda upazila in Chuadanga. He used to work as a software engineer at Big Bang Computers Ltd at the Munipuripara area in Tejgaon.
Police arrested him on Friday from Moniruddin Market in Mirpur on the basis of a case filed on December 5 over the alleged theft.
The case statement says that Shahin, who had worked as a senior software engineer of Big Bang Computers for 10 years, used to provide post-sales service to more than 50 organisations that bought software from the company.
Big Bang Computers claims that on the afternoon of October 17, Shahin left the office for the last time after stealing software, its source code and Tk50,000 in cash.
The case statement also says that the company tried to contact him, but he did not respond. Big Bang Computers later filed a general diary at the Tejgaon police station and an application at the Bangladesh Software Association.
Finally, it filed a case at the same police station on the issue.
Mahbubur Rahman, the general manager of Big Bang Computers, said they used to give post-sales service on lab management software to more than 50 hospitals and diagnostic centres through Shahjalal Shahin.
"We learnt that he sold our software to other firms and embezzled the money. Also, he did not give the source code to the organisations that had bought the software from us," he claimed.
Mahbub added, "As a result, these hospitals and diagnostic centres are being run by using alternative means, causing an extra cost for the purpose. Many hospitals, diagnostic centres and pathology labs, and Big Bang Computers itself will have to count a big loss if they do not get the source codes back."
"We have copyright on our software," he said, and asked everyone to be cautious before buying any software from Shahjalal Shahin.
The top official of the company also said they will take legal action against any company that buys Big Bang Computers' software from Shahin.