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Verdict in graft case against ex-OC Pradeep, his wife July 27

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 19 July, 2022 12:00 AM
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CHATTOGRAM: The verdict in a graft case against suspended officer-in-charge of Teknaf Police Station in Cox’s Bazar Pradeep Kumar Das and his wife will be pronounced on July 27.

Chattogram Divisional Special Judge Munshi Abdul Majid fixed the date on Monday on completion of arguments from the both sides, said Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Prosecutor Mahmudul Hoque Mahmud.

“We had completed placing the arguments earlier while the defence side completed it on Monday. Then the court set the date for delivering the verdict in the case,” he said.

The court framed charges against Pradeep, who was sentenced to death in the much-talked-about

Sinha murder case, and his wife Chumki Karon in the graft case on December 15 last year.

Assistant Director of the ACC Chattogram District Integrated Office-2 Md Reaz Uddin filed the case against the couple on August 23, 2020 on charge of accumulating illegal wealth worth about Tk 4 crore.

The anti-graft watchdog’s investigation against Pradeep started in 2018.

But, the inquiry was halted due to unknown reasons. The inquiry resumed after Pradeep was sent to jail in connection with the murder of Major (retd) Sinha Mohammad Rashed Khan in Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar.

Pradeep and his wife were asked to submit their wealth statements on April 20, 2020 and they submitted their wealth information in June that year.

After a long investigation, the ACC found that Pradeep earned Tk 39,505,635 through bribe and corruption as OC while his wife concealed information about wealth of Tk 1,313,175 in the wealth statement.

The ACC submitted charge sheet accusing the duo on July 26 last year.

Chumki remained absconding since Pradeep’s arrest and surrendered before the court on May 23 last.

On January 31 last, a Cox’s Bazar court sentenced Pradeep and former inspector of Baharchhara Police Investigation Centre Liaqat Ali to death, and six other people to life imprisonment for killing Sinha.

Sinha was shot to death by Liaqat at a checkpoint on the Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf Marine Drive on the night of July 31, 2020.

Deceased’s sister Sharmin Shahriar Ferdous filed the murder case accusing nine people, including the former OC, on August 5 of the same year.