The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Tuesday approved a charge sheet against nine accused, including former Jatiya Party lawmaker Shawkat Chowdhury, in a case filed on charges of swindling out Tk 120.9 crore from Bangladesh Commerce Bank Ltd.
The approval was given at an ACC regular meeting at its headquarters at Segunbagicha in the capital, said Pranab Kumar Bhattacharjee, a spokesperson for the anti-graft body.“ACC Assistant Director Mohammad Sirajul Islam, also the investigation officer of the graft case, will submit the charge sheet to the court soon,” he said.
The other accused are Dr Mohammad Asaduzzaman, Md Hasibul Gani, Shirin Nizami, Shafiqul Islam, Panu Ranjan Das, Iftekhar Hossain, Debashish Kumar Baul and Asadur Rahman. They were high officials of the commercial bank.
On May 10, 2016 the ACC filed the case against them with Bangshal Police Station under the Penal Code 1860 and the Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2004.
According to the charge sheet, two agro-firms — Jamuna Agro Company Limited and Udayan Agro Company Limited — took a loan of about Tk 94 lakh from the bank through 29 LCs at its Bangshal branch in 2012-13 to import goods.
Later, the accused in collusion with each other plundered the money. Now, the loan amount stands at around Tk 120 crore with interest.
Shawkat, a former lawmaker from Nilphamari-4 constituency, is the owner and managing director of the two agro firms.