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HC cancels suspended DIG Banik’s bail

Published : 02 Sep 2021 09:29 PM

The High Court has cancelled the unusual bail granted to Partha Gopal Banik, a suspended deputy inspector general (DIG-prisons) of Sylhet division, in a case filed over the recovery of Tk 80 lakh from his residence in the capital. 

The HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman in an order on Thursday (September 2) cancelled the bail. The bench asked Banik to surrender to before the lower court by September 20. The court also directed the transfer of the case, filed against him by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in connection with the acquisition of non-income assets, to the Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal. The higher court asked the tribunal to dispose of the case next February 28. 

Earlier on June 17, Judge Md Iqbal Hossain of the Special Judges Court-5 of Dhaka granted the bail to Banik.

Later on June 28, the High Court sought a written explanation from the judge of the trial court on granting the bail in an unusual manner. On August 19, Judge Md Iqbal Hossain apologised to the HC for granting Banik the unusual bail. Partha Gopal Banik was arrested by the ACC on July 28 in 2019 on charges of irregularities and corruption, after Tk 80 lakh was recovered during a raid at his residence in the capital.

According to ACC, the money wasearned through bribery, corruption and irregularities.