PM’s adviser was frequent visitor to Sonali Bank: official

Sonali Bank’s Ruposhi Bangla Hotel branch’s official Sayedur Rahman on Wednesday said the an advisor to the prime minister used to frequently visit the office of the branch’s general manager since 2009.

Sayedur, emerging from the Anti-Corruption Commission’s office where he was interrogated in connection with Hallmark-Sonali Bank scam, told reporters he had seen the advisor frequently visiting the office of the then general manager
AKM Azizur Rahman since 2009.

‘But I am not sure why he visited the Sonali Bank branch,’ he said.

The ACC on Wednesday interrogated five officials of the Sonali Bank about the alleged misappropriation of about Tk 3,500 crore by the Hallmark Group.

They are Sonali Bank’s general managers Noni Gopal Nath, Mir Mohidur Rahman and Mihir Chandra Mazumder, Sonali Bank Ruposhi Bangla Hotel branch’s officials Wahiduzzman, and Sayedur Rahman.

ACC’s deputy director Mir Joynul Abedin Shibli interrogated them for six hours from 9:30am at the headquarters, its public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told reporters.

The ACC is scheduled to interrogate Sonali Bank’s deputy general managers Hadayet Ullah, Sabita Seraj, HM Ghulam Nabi Manik, Ashraf Ali Patwari, and senior executive Wahid Uddin Ahmed on Thursday.

The ACC has already questioned 12 more officials of Sonali Bank including suspended Rupashi Bangla branch’s manager AKM Azizur Rahman, branch officers Saiful Hasan, Abdul Matin, Ujjal Kishore Dhar, Wahiduzzaman, Ukil Uddin Ahmed and Sayedur Rahman.

On Tuesday, the ACC interrogated four managing directors of the Hallmark Group on allegation of misappropriating about Tk 3,500 crore.

They are Anwar Spinning Mills’ managing director Jahangir Alam, Century International Ltd’s managing director Ziaur Rahman, Max Spinning Mills’ managing director Mir Zakaria and Star Spinning Mills’ managing director Abdul Baser.

An official of the ACC said that they would now interrogate Hallmark Group’s managing director Tanvir Mahmud and his wife Jasmine Islam, also chairman of the group, and general manager Tushar Ahmed on September 2.

Source: PriyoDesk

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