A Dhaka court on Wednesday cancelled the bail of Saimex Leather Products Ltd's managing director and director, TS Ayub and his wife Tania Rahman respectively, in a case over swindling bank money through fake Letters of Credit.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case against the duo over their reported involvement in defrauding a Dhaka Bank branch of more than Tk21 crore.
The Dhaka Senior Special Judge Court-9 ordered the accused to surrender to Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court (CMM Court) within seven working days.
The special court also asked the CMM Court to take necessary legal action against Talha Shahriar Ayub (or TS Ayub) and Tania Rahman if they do not surrender to the lower court within the stipulated timeframe.
The court of Judge Sheikh Hafizur Rahman (district and sessions judge) passed the order after hearing an ACC revision case filed to seek cancellation of the bail granted earlier to the two accused by the CMM Court.
The special court observed that the CMM Court may consider granting bail if the accused is aged, sick or a woman.
But neither the case statement nor the accused's documents have mentioned their ages, the court said, adding that they have also failed to produce any medical certificate against their possible sickness.
Earlier, the Senior Special Judge Court on July 3 this year sent Shadat Enterprise's owner Aminul Islam, another accused in the case, to jail, after rejecting his four-week bail granted by the High Court on May 14.
On December 23, 2018, Md Iqbal Hossain, an ACC assistant director, filed a case against seven people, including TS Ayub and Tania, with Dhanmondi police station in Dhaka.
On March 21, 2019, TS Ayub and Tania surrendered to the Dhaka CMM Court. Later, Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Mamunur Rashid granted them bail.
The ACC filed a revision case with the metropolitan senior special judge court challenging their bail granted by the CMM Court.
Prosecutor Mir Ahmed Ali moved the case in the court on behalf of the ACC.
According to the case statement, TS Ayub and Tania opened an account with the Dhaka Bank's Dhanmondi Model Branch and submitted three foreign buyers' 19 Letters of Credit to the bank.
From July 5 to November 28, 2017, they, in collaboration with other accused, submitted to the account 26 forged export bills, including bill of export and bill of lading, worth around Tk48.78 crore.
Relevant bank officials, without scrutinising the documents, permitted 17 bills and transferred around Tk26.86 crore to the account of Ayub and Tania.
The accused allegedly embezzled around Tk21.25 crore disbursed against 14 out of the total number of permitted bills.