The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has pressed charges in court against Destiny Group chairman, general manager (GM) and 49 others over misappropriation of Tk 41.18 billion and siphoning off Tk 960 million.
Charge sheets in two cases were filed at the court of Dhaka’s Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) on Sunday, ACC Deputy Director Mozahar Ali Sardar said.
Ali is also the investigation officer in the cases.
Both charge sheets together named 104 witnesses, ACC’s prosecuting official at the CMM Court Abdur Rashid said confirming the submission.
Nineteen people have been accused in the cases against Destiny Multipurpose Cooperative Society, while the one against Destiny Tree Plantation Ltd accuses 46.
Destiny Chairman Harunur Rashid and GM Rafiqul Amin are the prime suspects in the cases.
The ACC filed the cases on July 31, 2012 with Kalabagan police in Dhaka. It approved the charge sheets in January this year.
ACC Commissioner Shahabuddin Chuppu at the time had said Harunur Rashid, a retired Lieutenant General and former army chief, was involved in money laundering.
“He was fully aware of the money laundering incident.”
In early February last year, the then Commerce Minister, GM Quader, told Parliament that a government investigation had found evidence of illegal and suspicious transactions by Destiny 2000 Ltd, a multilevel marketing company.
An inter-ministerial committee found initial proofs of nine irregularities committed by the company, he said.
In August last year, the cabinet cleared the draft of Multilevel Marketing Control Act-2013 providing for imprisonment for up to 10 years for running an unlicensed business.-bdnews24.com