The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) on Tuesday quizzed three directors of ICL Group 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 five-member ACC 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.
The ICL Group directors who faced grilling today are M Ashraful Islam, Sheikh Ahmed and SM Morshed Jewel.
On August 21, the graft watchdog served notices to 11 top officials of ICL Group, asking them to be present at the ACC head office during September 2-5 for the next questioning.
The ACC inquiry team on Monday grilled chairman M Rafiqul Alam, and directors M Fakhrul Islam and Kazi Shamsunnahar Mina.
It will also quiz ICL Group managing director NHM Shafiqur Rahman and directors M Saifuzzaman Marshal, M Anisur Rahman, Abul Hashem and ATM Khurshed Alam on Wednesday and Thursday.
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 the 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 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.