A Dhaka court has sentenced former deputy inspector general (DIG) of prisons Partha Gopal Banik to eight years in jail for bribery, amassing illegal wealth and abuse of office.
The suspended senior jail official, however, was acquitted of money laundering charges in the verdict delivered by Dhaka Special Judge 4 Sheikh Nazmul on Sunday, January 9.
He was given five years in prison under the Anti-Corruption Commission Act, 2004, and three years under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1947.
The judge said in the verdict that Banik will serve the two sentences concurrently, meaning that he will have to stay imprisoned for a total of five years. The court also fined the convict Tk50,000.
Earlier on December 27, the same court scheduled the verdict after concluding the trial following closing arguments.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), which filed the case, seized Tk80 lakh from Banik’s home in Dhanmondi in a raid following interrogation at its office in 2019 over complaints of corruption and irregularities. He was then arrested.
Banik had illegally amassed the amount abusing his power as a government employee, the ACC said in its chargesheet. He was initially granted bail in the case, but the High Court later cancelled his bail on September 2, ordering him to surrender by September 20.
The charges against Banik included amassing money through bribery, corruption and irregularities, and hiding wealth information.
When asked about the source of the money found at his home, he said he had withdrawn Tk 30 lakh from a fixed deposit account, while the rest of the money belonged to his wife and her mother.