A Bogura court on Thursday issued arrest warrant against an expelled leader of ruling Awami League in a case filed by the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) over embezzlement of Tk31 crore of Social Islami Bank Ltd in 2011.
Abdul Mannan, owner of Sukra Enterprise, was expelled from Awami League on 23 February for competing in Bogura municipal polls as an independent mayoral candidate defying the party decision.
Emran Hossain Chowdhury, judge of Special Judge's Court, passed the order turning down a time petition filed by the accused's lawyer as Abdul Mannan was not present in the court.
Abul Kalam Azad, lawyer of Bogura ACC, confirmed the legal action to The Business Standard.
Earlier on 16 April 2019, a court sent Abdul Mannan to jail after he surrendered before the court in the same case. However, he was granted bail by a higher court later.
On Thursday, a charge was supposed to be framed in the graft case.
In 2011, Shafiqul Islam, manager at Social Islamic Bank's Bogra branch, filed a case in Bogra Sadar Police Station accusing 22 people on charges of embezzling Tk40.83 crore. Later, nine were accused in the case which was investigated by the ACC.
Abdul Mannan allegedly embezzled TK26 lakh of the amount.
Other eight accused are: Former SIBL officials Rafiqul, Atiqul Kabir, Mahbubur Rahman, and other associates of the plotting group -- Md Akter Hossain, Md Zahurul Haque, Md Enamul Haque, Maksudul Haque and Ferdous Alam. All of them except Abdul Mannan were present in the court on Thursday.
According to the case statement, an organised fraud and criminal group embezzled huge amounts of money from the bank's clients' accounts in association with three top officials of the bank.
The bank officials are: Bogura branch's executive vice-president and manager (suspended) Rafiqul Islam, Gaibandha's Gabindaganj Branch's first assistant vice-president (suspended) Md Atqul Kabir, Bogra branch's senior executive official (suspended) Md Mahbubur Rahman.