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Destiny chairman, MD seek bail from High Court

The court may hear the petitions on Wednesday

Update : 21 Jul 2020, 05:10 PM

The two top officials of the controversial Destiny Group, Chairman Mohammad Hossain and Managing Director Rafiqul Amin, have petitioned the High Court seeking bail.

The two bail petitions were filed with the virtual bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder on Tuesday.

State lawyer for the bench, Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin Manik, confirmed the matter, adding that the court may hear the petitions on Wednesday.

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed two cases against the company officials, including MD Rafiqul Amin and Director Lt Gen (retd) Md Harun-or-Rashid, on July 31, 2012, accusing them of money laundering and embezzlement. 

On July 31 the same year, ACC Deputy Director Mozahar Ali Sarder filed a case with Kalabagan police station against 12 Destiny Group officials for laundering about Tk2,106.64 crore out of Destiny Tree Plantation Project.

On the same day, ACC Assistant Director Towfiqul Islam filed another case against 22 top officials of the company, including the aforementioned 12, for laundering Tk1,178.61 crore from Destiny Multipurpose Cooperative Society Ltd.

The ACC claimed that the company laundered a total of Tk3,285 crore, cheating investors out of their fortunes.

Mohammad Hossain and Rafiqul Amin have both been in jail since October 11, 2012, and have sought bail several times, but their petitions have been rejected, according to sources familiar with the case.

Of the 22 accused, five are currently out on bail, according to the bail petitions filed on Tuesday.

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