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Sonali Bank official sued

Update : 03 Oct 2015, 07:42 PM

A case was filed yesterday against a senior official of Bagerhat district branch of Sonali Bank (SB) Limited on charge of embezzling Tk3.5 crore in the name of loan distribution.

Police sources said Sheikh Mahfuzur Rahman, a senior official of the branch, had been made accused in the case filed by its newly appointed manager Khan Bablur Rahman with Bagerhat Model police station on Thursday.

The case was transferred to Anti-Corruption Commission, Khulna for further investigation, the police sources said.

According to the case statement, Mahfuzur Rahman, who was responsible for loan distribution, embezzled Tk3,44,89,610 from 110 bank accounts by using fake signatures of the customers from August 2, 2012 till September 3, 2015.

As the fact came to light, Marjina Begum, mother of the accused bank officer, returned Tk35 lakh to the branch on behalf of his son in several phases.

On August 25, a three-member audit team of the branch started its internal audit operation and they came to know of the incident of a huge amount of money having been embezzled from the branch.

When the audit team asked Sheikh Mahfuzur Rahman to show documents against the loan money, he disappeared without trace citing death of one of his relatives on September 3 and till date he has remained traceless.

Later, a five-member special audit team reached the Bagerhat branch from Sonali Bank head office started investigation into the loan scam during three years’ job of the senior official, Sheikh Mahfuzur Rahman Babu, at the branch.

Besides, a three-member probe committee, headed by Sonali Bank’s Khulna regional branch assistant general manager M Shahjahan Ali, was formed to carry out another investigation in this regard.

During the investigation, the probe committee found that Mahfuzur Rahman embezzled the money by making fake over draft (OD) loan from 110 accounts, said the chief of the probe committee, Shahjahan Ali, assistant general manager of Sonali Bank’s Khulna regional branch.

However, Ashutosh Mondol, assistant general manager of Bagerhat regional office of Sonali Bank, said the bank authorities had served several notices to the ‘absconding’ bank official but he did not give any reply. 

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