The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) on Monday quizzed three top officials of ICL Group, including its chairman, in connection with the alleged swindling of clients’ money amounting to around Tk 1,000 crore by the Ideal Cooperative Society Limited, a sister concern of the group.
An ACC five-member probe team, led by its deputy director M Nasir Uddin, started questioning them at 10 am and continued it still 4 pm at ACC head office in the city, ACC Public Relations Officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told UNB.
The ICL Group officials who faced grilling today are chairman M Rafiqul Alam, and directors M Fakhrul Islam and Kazi Shamsunnahar Mina.
On August 21, the ACC served notices to 11 top officials of ICL Group, asking them to be present at the ACC head office during September 2-5 next for questioning.
The ACC team will also quiz ICL Group managing director NHM Shafiqur Rahman and directors M Ashraful Islam, Sheikh Ahmed, SM Morshed Jewel, M Saifuzzaman Marshal, M Anisur Rahman, Abul Hashem and ATM Khurshed Alam.
On June 4 this year, Shafiqur Rahman was quizzed for the first time.
Earlier, in March this year, the ACC launched a probe into the allegation of plundering nearly Tk 1,000 crore of clients’ money by Ideal Cooperative Society Limited, and formed a five-member inquiry team.
The ACC inquiry team members are its deputy directors M Nasir Uddin, M Rawshan Alam and M Ferdous Serniabat, assistant director M Mustafizur Rahman and deputy assistant director Afroza Haque Khan.
According to the newspaper reports, the Ideal Cooperative Society Limited collected the money from about 20,000 clients across the country offering high interest rates during 2001-2012 and then swindled the money.
ICL Group chairman Rafiqul Alam, managing director NHM Shafiqur Rahman and nine other directors of the group were involved in the swindling, the reports said.
It was alleged that the Ideal Cooperative Society Limited, led by Shafiqur Rahman, collected money from its investors violating the rules.