ACC submits charge sheet against 25 in Hall Mark scam

ACC submits charge sheet against 25 in Hall Mark scam

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Dhaka – The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) on Monday submitted charge-sheets before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court in the city in 11 cases against 25 people for their alleged involvement in the much-talked-about Sonali Bank –Hallmark Group loan scandal.
A six-member team, led by ACC deputy director Mir Zainul Abedin Shibly, submitted the charge-sheets to Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Ataul Haque in the afternoon after 20 days of the approval.
The ACC approved proposals to submit charge-sheets in 11 cases against 25 people on September 16.
The charge-sheets were submitted against 12 Hallmark Group officials including its managing director of Hall-Mark Group Tanvir Mahmud, its chairman Jesmin Islam and 13 Sonali Bank officials including former managing director Humayun Kabir and former Ruposhi Bangla branch manager AKM Azizur Rahman.
The 10 others Hallmark Group officials those were included in the charge sheets are general manager Tushar Ahmed, owner of associate company of the Hallmark Group Max Spinning Mills Mir Zakaria, owner of Century International Ziaur Rahman, owner of Anwara Spinning Mills Jahangir Alam, owner of Apparel Industries Shahidul Islam, owner of Star Spinning Mills Abdul Basir, director of TN Brothers Taslim Hasan, managing director of Paragon Group Saiful Islam, managing director of Nakshi Knit Abdul Malek, and chairman of Tetuljhora Union Parished (Savar) Jamal Uddin Sarkar. Jamal Uddin Sarkar was included in the charge-sheet for issuing fake trade licenses to Hall-Mark Group.
The 11 others Sonali Bank officials are senior executive officer (SEO) Saiful Hasan, SEO Meherunnesa Mary, executive officer Abdul Matin, GM Mir Mohidur Rahman, GM Nanigopal Nath, deputy managing director (DMD) Mainul Haque, DMD Atiqur Rahman, suspended deputy general manager (DGM) Sheikh Altaf Hossain, suspended DGM Safizuddin Ahmed, suspended assistant general manager (AGM) Kamrul Hossain Khan and AGM Ejaz Ahmed.
On October 4 last year, the ACC filed the 11 cases against 27 officials of Sonali Bank and Hall-Mark Group on charges of embezzling Tk 1,568 crore in cash from the bank’s Ruposhi Bangla branch. – Staff Reporter

The ACC earlier sued Sonali Bank’s senior officer Wahiduzzaman, general manager ANM Mashrurul Huda Siraji, former GM Sabita Siraj, suspended DGM Bhagabati Majumder, DGM Kaniz Fatema Chowdhury, suspended AGM Ashraf Ali Patwari, AGM Abul Hossain and AGM Khurshid Alam in the case, but their names were dropped from the charge-sheets as their involvement was not proved during the investigation, according to ACC sources.

Some fresh names however were included in charge-sheets as their involvement was found in the loan scam during the investigation, sources added.

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