The ex-Teknaf police OC and his wife stand accused of acquiring assets beyond their known sources of income
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed a case against former Teknaf police station OC Pradeep Kumar Das and his wife Chumki on charges of amassing illegal wealth of over Tk3 crore.
ACC Assistant Director Saiful Islam filed the case with its Chittagong integrated district office on Sunday.
ACC Public Relations (Director) Officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.
According to the case statement, the anti-graft body has found that the couple amassed illegal wealth worth Tk3.95 crore through bribery and corruption.
With that money Pradeep, one of the prime accused in the Major (rtd) Sinha murder case, bought properties in the name of his wife, the case statement added.
On August 8 this year, the commission launched a fresh inquiry against the couple.
The commission had asked the couple to submit their wealth information but the two failed to provide any legal source for their amassed wealth.
The anti-corruption watchdog has also started the process to freeze the bank accounts of Pradeep as well as his wife.
Earlier in 2018, ACC launched an investigation against Pradeep on allegations of amassing illegal wealth.
On July 31, around 10pm, Major (rtd) Sinha was killed at an Armed Police Battalion (APBn) checkpost in Teknaf’s Baharchhara union.
On August 5, a murder case was filed by Sinha’s sister Sharmin Shahriar Firdaus, accusing nine people, including then Teknaf police station OC Pradeep, Baharchhara checkpost Inspector Liakat, Sub-Inspector Nanda Dulal Rakkhit, and Tutul, ASI Liton Miah, Constable Safanur Karim, Kamal Hossain, Md Abdullah Al Mamun, and Md Mostafa.
According to the case statement, Inspector Liakat, and SI Nanda Dulal Rakkhit, challenged retired major Sinha and his associate who were visiting the area to shoot a documentary on July 31.
Sinha and his associate, Sifat, a videographer, were dragged off their vehicle despite providing their respective identities. The police officers then fired at Sinha, killing him on the spot.
After the murder, the police officers also filed two fake cases against Sinha and others to frame them as drug dealers, said Sharmin Shahriar Firdaus, Sinha’s sister.
“Not only did they kill my brother, but they have also mutilated his dead body to make him unrecognizable,” added the plaintiff of the case.