DHAKA, Bangladesh - Partha Gopal Banik, the former deputy inspector general (DIG) of prisons, was convicted to five years in prison for bribery, illegal wealth accumulation, and abuse of office by a Dhaka court.
The suspended senior jail officer, on the other hand, was found not guilty of money laundering accusations by Dhaka Special Judge Sheikh Nazmul on Sunday.
The convict was also fined Tk50,000 by the court.
Following interrogation at its office in 2019 on complaints of corruption and irregularities, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) took Tk80 lakh from Banik's residence in Dhanmondi in a raid. He was later taken into custody.
According to the ACC's charge sheet, Banik illegally obtained the money by exploiting his position as a government employee.
He was first given bail in the case, but the High Court later revoked it on September 2, and he was ordered to surrender by September 20.
The charges against Banik included bribery, corruption, irregularities, and concealing wealth information.
When questioned where the money found at his residence came from, he stated he drew Tk 30 lakh from a fixed deposit account, and the rest belonged to his wife and her mother.