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Bachchu, 5 others charged with money laundering

  • ACC submits the charge sheet to a Dhaka court on Monday over irregularities
  • Bachchu commits irregularities while buying 30.25 kathas of land in the capital’s Cantonment Bazar area

 

Update : 27 May 2024, 11:30 PM

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has submitted a charge sheet against former BASIC Bank Chairman Sheikh Abdul Hye Bachchu, his wife Shirin Akter, their two sons and two other people on charges of money laundering.

The anti-graft watchdog submitted the charge sheet to a Dhaka court on Monday following complaints by Amin Ahmed, managing director of Capital Banani One Limited, over irregularities Bachchu committed while buying 30.25 kathas of land in the capital’s Cantonment Bazar area.

ACC Deputy Director Mohammad Nurul Huda filed the case against Bachchu and the five other people with the anti-graft watchdog’s integrated office (Dhaka-1) on October 2, 2023. 

According to the case, Bachchu bought the land against two deeds, spending Tk110 crore.

However, Tk15.15 crore was shown as the purchase price in the documents involved in the process.  

Later on, he transferred the ownership of the land to his wife and their sons Sheikh Rafa Hye and Sheikh Sabid Hye Anik. 

In the criminal act, he took assistance from his brother Sheikh Shahriar Panna, also the owner of Crown Properties, and landlord Amin Ahmad. 

Hence, in line with the recommendations of the ACC Assistant Director and the investigation officer of the case, Neyamul Ahsan Gazi, the ACC approved the chargesheet against the six accused following the Money Laundering Prevention Act on Sunday. 

Earlier, the ACC submitted chargesheets in 59 cases over the BASIC Bank scam on June 12 last year.  

Bachchu was not named in any of the cases filed in 2015. But he was included as an accused in 58 of the cases after eight long years of investigation.

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