DIG-Prisons Partha held, Tk 80 lakh seized

Staff Reporter

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Sunday arrested a Deputy Inspector General of Prisons (DIG-Prisons) following the recovery of Tk 80 lakh from his residence in capital’s Bhutergoli area. 

The arrestee is identified as Partha Gopal Banik, DIG-Prisons in Sylhet range.

ACC Deputy Director, Prabab Kumer Bhattachariya, also the Public Relation Officer (PRO) of the ACC, said acting on a tip-off, an ACC team conducted drive at the house of Partha Gopal Banik at the area in the afternoon and seized the money. 

Earlier in the morning, Partha Gopal Banik appeared before the ACC’s Segunbagicha office as he was summoned to appear before it over graft allegations. 

There was an allegation against Partha that he allegedly committed corruption and irregularities while serving as the DIG-Prisons in Chattogram Range earlier.

ACC Director Mohammad Yousuf quizzed DIG-Prisons Partha Gopal Banik for six hours starting from 10:00am.  According to his confessional statement, the ACC team launched the drive at his residence and seized the money, the ACC official added.

He was arrested after recovering the money from his residence, he added.

ACC officials said, the flat in Bhutergoli where Partha along with his  wife and children had been living is owned by him. Although, he claimed that  his mother-in-law Manju Saha is the owner of the flat.

ACC Director Muhammad Yusuf said, during the interrogation, Partha admitted that there was Tk 30 lakh in cash in his Bhutergoli residence. As per his information, the ACC officials conducted a raid at his house where Tk 80 lakh was found.

During the drive, the ACC officials also seized a privet car. But Partha claimed it was owned by one of his friend named Shaheen.

Earlier, on October 26 last year, a jailer of Chattogram Jail, Sohel Rana Bishwas was arrested by the Railway Police while he had been travelling from Chattograme to Mymensingh. The Railway Police also seized Tk 44 lakh, FDR owrth Tk 2.5 crore, a number of checques of Tk 1.3 crore and also 12 bottles of contraband Phensidyl from his possession. 

Following the seizure and arrest of the jail official, the ACC officials launched investigation into the case. In the investigation, the ACC officials revealed corruption of at least 49 jail officials, including Partha Banik.