The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Wednesday interrogated for the second day the former chairman of BASIC Bank Limited Sheikh Abdul Hye Bacchu in connection with swindling around Tk2,200 crore from the state-run bank.
The interrogation started at 10am at the anti-graft body’s Dhaka headquarters and ended at 5:15pm, confirms ACC Public Relations Officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya. ACC Directors AKM Zayed Hossain Khan and Syed Iqbal led the questioning.
Pranab Kumar said Bacchu had fallen sick of hypertension during the interrogation and was examined by doctors around 2pm.
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Sheikh Abdul Hye Bacchu did not interact with journalists on his way out.
Earlier on December 4 when the ACC first interrogated him, Bacchu had claimed himself innocent.
Other BASIC Bank directors, including Md Anwarul Islam, Anis Ahmad, Quamrun Naher Ahmed, Prof Kazi Akhtar Hossain, Shakhawat Hossain, Fakhrul Islam, AKM Kamrul Islam, Jahangir Akhand Salim, Shyam Sunder Sikder and AKM Rezaur Rahman, have already been interrogated.
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According to an inquiry of Bangladesh Bank, about Tk4,500 crore was swindled out from BASIC Bank during six years while Sheikh Abdul Hye Bachhu served as its chairman.
In September 2015, the ACC filed 54 cases with three police stations in Dhaka accusing 156 individuals including 26 bank officials.