A Dhaka court on Tuesday sentenced three people, including an ex-assistant general manager of Sonali Bank, to life term imprisonment in a Tk 2.22 crore Hall Mark loan scam case.
The convicts are assistant general manager of Ruposhi Bangla Hotel (then Sheraton hotel) branch of Sonali Bank M Saiful Hasan, managing director of Paragon Knit Composite Ltd, an enterprise of the Hall Mark Group, Saiful Islam and its director Abdullah Al Mamun. They are now on the run.
Judge of Dhaka Special Judges court-5 Akhtaruzzaman passed the order after examining depositions of the witnesses and other documents of the case.
This was first of the verdicts in 11 cases involving the scandal in which the trio along with several other suspects who are believed to have siphoned off crores of taka cheating the public bank.
According to the prosecution, the accused, in connivance with each other, misappropriated Tk 2, 22, 78,000 from Ruposhi Bangla Hotel (then Sheraton) branch of the Sonali Bank, opening a fake company in 2013.
The court found them guilty of misappropriating the entire amount instead of importing the machineries.
Later, assistant director of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), M Nazmus Sadat filed a case against four people, including the trio, with Ramna Model Police Station on May 28, 2013.
ACC deputy assistant director, M Joynal Abedin, also the investigation officer of the case, submitted the chargesheet of the case against the four accused to the court.
Of the four accused, deputy general manager of the branch AKM Azizur Rahman died last year. – Special Correspondent