The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) on Monday approved proposals to submit chargesheets in 11 cases against 25 people for their alleged involvement in the much-talked-about Sonali Bank loan scam.
“The Commission at its regular meeting approved the proposals,” ACC commissioner M Shahabuddin told reporters.
The charge-sheets will be submitted against managing director of Hall-Mark Group Tanvir Mahmud, its chairman Jesmine Islam and general manager Tusher Ahmed; owner of 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 Nit Abdul Malek and chairman of Tetuljhora Union Parished (Savar) Jamal Uddin Sarkar.
The Sonali Bank officials who will be named in the charge-sheets are former managing director Humayun Kabir and then Ruposhi Bangla branch manager AKM Azizur Rahman, senior executive officer (SEO) Saiful Hasan, SEO Meherunnesa Meri, 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 Azaz Ahmed.
On October 4 last year, the ACC filed the 11 cases against 27 officials of Sonali Bank and Hall-Mark Group on charge of swindling Tk 1,568 crore from the bank’s Ruposhi Bangla branch in cash.
Although the anti-graft body sued Sonali Bank’s senior officer Wahiduzzaman, general manager ANM Mashrurul Huda Siraji, former GM Sabita Siraj, suspended DGM Bhagbati Majumder, DGM Kaniz Fatema Chowdhury, suspended AGM Ashraf Ali Patowari, AGM Abul Hossain and AGM Khurshid Alam in the case, their names were excluded from the chargesheets as their involvement was not found in the scam.
Talking to reporters at the ACC head office in the afternoon, ACC commissioner M Shahabuddin said as the ACC earlier filed 11 cases in the Sonali Bank loan scam, 11 separate chargesheets will soon be submitted before court in this regard.
“The ACC will submit the chargesheets against those found involved in the loan scam. During the ACC investigation, it was proved that they were in the team,” he said.
Expressing satisfaction over the ACC investigation, he said they (commission) think that they have unearthed the facts in this regard.
Asked why the names of board of directors of the bank were not there in the chargesheets, Shahabuddin said: “If you want to make them accused, you should have specific implications, but there’s nothing like that.”
Terming Sonali Bank loan scam a case of swindling, he said the accused swindled the money from the bank applying a unique strategy.
As officials of Ruposhi Bangla branch of the bank and its headquarters were involved in the loan scam, their names have been included in the chargesheets, the ACC commissioner said.