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Hall-Mark scam charge sheet in 15 days

Update : 25 Jul 2013, 07:50 AM

The Anti-Corruption Commission hopes that its investigation team will submit charge sheet in the biggest-ever financial scam in Bangladesh’s banking sector, the misappropriation of Tk36bn by Hall-Mark Group, within the next 15 days.

ACC Chairman M Bodiuzzaman at a briefing on Wednesday said: “I have instructed the investigators to submit the charge sheet in Hall-Mark scam within 15 days.”

He also said the charge sheet in Destiny Group scam where Tk38bn was embezzled would take more time to be prepared.

The ACC began the probe into Hall-Mark scam in July last year. The group and its five entities misappropriated the amount from the state-owned Sonali Bank’s Ruposhi Bangla Hotel (formerly Sheraton Hotel) branch.

On October 4 last year, the ACC filed 11 cases against seven top executives of Hall-Mark Group and 20 officials of Sonali Bank. On January 1, the commission filed 26 cases against 35 officials of Sonali Bank and five other companies.

Meanwhile, Atiqur Rahman, the detained deputy managing director of Sonali Bank, was sent to jail on Wednesday after he was produced at the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Tanvir Ahmed. Paltan police arrested him on Tuesday.

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