Bismillah Group Scam: ACC approves 12 cases against 53 people

Ahammad Foyez

The Anti-Corruption Commission on Wednesday approved 12 cases against 53 people for embezzlement of about Tk 1,200 crore from five banks by Bismillah Group.
The cases will be filed by next week, a commission official said.
A meeting of the commission, after scrutinising the probe report on the bank scam by Bismillah Group, approved the filing of the cases against 13 Bismillah Group bosses, 12 Janata Bank officials, eight Prime Bank officials, seven Premier Bank officials, five Jamuna Bank officials and seven Shahjalal Islami Bank officials, the official said.
The cases will be filed against Bismillah Group director Khwaja Solaiman Anwar Choudhury, its chairperson Nowrin Hasib, also Solaiman’s wife, directors Safiqul Anwar Choudhury, also Solaiman’s father, Abida Hasib, Nahid Anwar Khan, Khandakar M Moinuddin Ashraf and Sarwar Jahan, deputy managing director Akbar Aziz Muttaki, general managers Abul Hossain Choudhury, Riaz Uddin Ahmed, Network Framework System limited chairman M Akter Hossain, Express and Faridpur Shipping Line Limited owner M Moin Uddin, and owner of Bay Yearn Limited Ghulam Moinuddin Ahmed.
The commission approved prosecution of Janata Bank Ramna corporate branch manager Abdus Salam Azad, deputy general managers Azmul Haque and SM Abu Hena Mustafa Kamal, assistant general managers Jesmin Akter, Ajoy Kumar Ghosh, Faizur Rahman Bhuiyan and Mustak Ahmed Khan, senior executive officers Syed Joynul Abdin, Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain, SM Shoyeb-ul-Kabir and Atiqur Rahman and former Mogbazar branch manager Rafiqul Alam.
Prime Bank branch managers Mozammel Hussain and Khondakar Iqbal Hossain, vice-precedent M Ibrahim Hossain Gazi, assistant vice-presidents Kazi Khairul Islam and ABM Sahjahan, senior executive officers M Iqbal Azim Quadri, AKM Jan-e-Alam and M Abul Kalam will also prosecuted.
The commission also approved prosecution of Premier Bank senior assistant vice-president Mohammad Sahinur Rahman, former deputy manager GM Sahadat Hossain, first assistant vice-president MA Rahim, deputy manager Sahabuddin Sardar, former credit in-charge M Tanzibul Alam and former executive officers Abu Selah Arifur Rahman and Tabassum.
Jamuna Bank senior assistant vice-presidents Rafiqul Hasan and M Murshedur Rahman, senior executive officers Jahidul Islam, M Mojammal Hossain and ASM Mashuk will also made accused.
Shahjalal Islami Bank former branch manager M Aslamul Haque, former deputy general manager Hasanul Kabir, senior executive officer M Shahidul Islam, junior executive officer Mannatul Mawla, former senior executive vice-president M Ghulam Waahab, first assistant vice-president Munir Hossain and senior vice-presidents Dulal Hossain and Anisul Kabir will also be prosecuted.
The official said that the group with the help of the bank officials embezzled Tk 392.57 crore from Janata Bank, Tk 306.22 crore from Prime Bank, Tk 163.79 crore from Jamuna Bank, Tk 148.79 crore from Shahjalal Islami Bank and Tk 62.97 crore from Premier Bank in three years.
After an eight-month inquiry, a five-member probe team led by the commission’s deputy director Syed Iqbal Hossain submitted the probe report on Sunday.
During the inquiry the probe team has interrogated Jamil Hasan Durjoy, son of Awami League lawmaker Rahmat Ali, and Mohammad Ali, son of AL lawmaker Subid Ali Bhuiyan.

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