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ACC opens new probe into Hallmark loan scam after seven years

  • Published at 09:32 pm December 1st, 2020
File photo of the Anti Corruption Commission headquarters in Dhaka Sazzad Hossain/Bangla Tribune

An eight-member committee has been formed to investigate the non-funded part of the loan scam

The Anti-Corruption Commission has decided to restart their investigation into the non-funded part of a state-run bank's illegal lending of Tk1,709.80 crore of Hallmark Group.  

After seven years, the commission decided to investigate the non-funded part of Hallmark's debt scandal and reform the previous committee, ACC Commissioner Mozammel Haque Khan told the media on Tuesday. 

The ACC has approved an eight-member committee, led by ACC director Mir Joynul Abedin Shibli, to conduct the investigation.

The other members of the committee are: Deputy Directors SM Akhter Hamid Bhuiyan, Mashiur Rahman and Selina Akhter Moni, Assistant Directors Muhammad Joynal Abedin and Sylvia Ferdous, and Deputy Assistant Directors Sahidur Rahman and Afnan Jannat Keya.

The ACC first began their investigation in 2012. So far, the commission has filed around 50 cases against Hallmark for the funded portion of the case.

The amount embezzled by the Hallmark has been determined to be Tk3,546 crore from the then Ruposhi Bangla Hotel branch of Sonali Bank (now hotel InterContinental Dhaka) between 2010 and 2012. 

Of the amount, Tk1,837.20 crore is funded and Tk1,709.80 crore is non-funded. 

On October 7, 2013, the ACC submitted the charge sheet against 25 officials of Sonali Bank and Hallmark Group.

On October 4, 2012, the commission filed 11 cases with Ramna police station against seven officials of the Hallmark Group, including Managing Director Tanvir Mahamud, as well as 20 Sonali Bank officials, including former managing director Humayun Kabir, on charges of swindling around Tk2,000 crore from the then Ruposhi Bangla Hotel branch of Sonali Bank.

Later, the ACC arrested Tanvir, Hallmark Group General Manager Tusher Ahmed, its chairman and Tanvir’s wife Jesmin Islam.

ACC summons 6 in ‘Golden Monir’ investigation

Meanwhile, the ACC has summoned Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) ward 53 Councillor Shafiqul alias Sona Shafiq, BNP leader and former councillor MA Qayyum, Rajuk Director Sheikh Shahidul Islam and three others in connection with the corruption case asgainst Monir Hossain, also known as Golden Monir. 

The commission sent separate letters to their local addresses on Tuesday. They were asked to appear at the ACC headquarters from December 8-10.

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