The Anti-Corruption Commission has decided to impose ban on foreign travels of BASIC Bank board’s former chairman Sheikh Abdul Hye Bacchu.
Bacchu, as the prime suspect of embezzling approximately Tk 4,500 crore from the deposits in the state run BASIC Bank, was grilled by the ACC twice since Monday.
But for the interrogations, the ACC kept him outside the purview of multiple cases it filed against the suspects of embezzling Tk 2,000 from the BASIC Bank through extending fictitious loans to non-existent borrowers between 2009 and 2014.
The ACC drew sharp criticism from lawyers as well the civil society for filing no lawsuits over the defalcation of Tk 2,500 crore from the BASIC Bank during the same period.
The ACC would impose on foreign travels by Bacchu, a director general of the anti-corruption watchdog told New Age Thursday.
He said that the Immigration Department would be intimated about the ban for its proper enforcement all the ports of departure.
The ban would, he said, disqualify Bacchu to leave the country by air, sea, road or the railway.
He said that ACC sleuths, who interrogated him earlier in the week, asked Bacchu to immediately submit his passport’s photocopy to the ACC.
If need be, he said, the ACC could impound Bacchu’s passport.
He said that Bacchu’s interrogation restarts next when investigators would record his statements with regard to 41 embezzlement cases, the ACC had lodged with the police.
During Bacchu’s interrogations, which took place twice since Monday, ACC sleuths recorded the prime suspect’s statements with regard to 15 defalcation cases, he said.
During Wednesday’s interrogations, Bacchu pleaded to the investigators not to record his statements relating to the other defalcation cases, saying his statements would in no way different from what had already told them.
He said Bacchu’s please were rejected as the law requires recording a corruption suspect’s separate statements for each case.
At the first day’s interrogation on Monday, replying the query why he made frequent foreign trips, Bacchu said, ‘for his physically challenged son’s treatment.’
ACC officials said that the 56 cases relating to a series of defalcations from the BASIC Bank they filed in
2015 have more than 100 accused, mostly bankers, businessmen and private land surveyors.
The cases, they said, relate to robbing the government owned bank of about Tk 2,000 crore between 2009 and 2014.
Bangladesh Bank which detected swindling of Tk 4,500 crore from the BASIC Bank, between 2009 and 2014 when Bachhu was its chairman, was quite amazed to find Bacchu’s name missing from the lists of accused.
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