The hearing on charges framing has been concluded against Destiny Group Managing Director Rafiqul Amin, Destiny 2000 President Lt Gen (retd) Harun-Ar-Rashid, and 49 others in two money laundering cases filed for alleged swindling of around Tk4,200 crore.
After concluding the both sides---prosecution and defence---hearing, Judge Md Kamrul Islam Molla of Dhaka Senior Special Judge fixed February 11 to pass order about the indictment in the cases.
In July 31, 2012, the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) filed two cases with Kalabagan police station in the capital against 22 Destiny officials on the charge of laundering the money.
After running probe for nearly 22 months, two ACC investigators -- Mozahar Ali Sarder and Tawfiqul Islam -- submitted the charge sheets against the 51 Destiny officials on May 4, 2014.
According to the charge sheets, the accused misappropriated about Tk4,200 crore through its tree plantation project and the cooperative firm, and laundered money abroad.
The accused embezzled the money in the name of paying salaries, honorarium, commission, incentives and promotional costs. They transferred the money to their bank accounts and those of the group’s 20 companies, says charge sheets.
The charge-sheeted accused include Rafiqul Amin, Harunur-Ar-Rashid, director Mohammad Hossain, officials Gofranul Huq, Sayed-ur Rahman, Mejbah Uddin Swapan, Syed Sazzad Hossain, Irfan Ahmed Sunny, Farha Diba, Jamshed Ara Chowdhury, Sheikh Tayebur Rahman, Nepal Chandra Biswas, Zakir Hossain, Azad Rahman, Akbar Hossain Sumon, Shirin Akhter, Lt Col (retd) Didarul Alam, Rafiqul Islam Sarkar, Majibur Rahman, Sumon Ali Khan, Saidul Islam Khan Rubel and Abul Kalam Azad.
Five accused---Rafiqul, Mohammad Hossain, Didarul Alam, Ziaul Haque Mollah, Saidul Islam are now in jail while Harun-Ar-Rashid is on bail. The remaining 46 accused are still on the run.