Bismillah Group Scam: ACC to quiz 9 Janata, Shahjalal officials

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The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) will quiz nine officials of Janata Bank and Shahjalal Bank in connection with the alleged swindling of Tk 1,100 crore from five commercial banks by Bismillah Group, a terry towel producer.

The ACC on Sunday served notices to the bank officials asking them to be present at the ACC head office here on April 17-18 to face grilling, the Commission sources said.

Two officials of Shahjalal Bank’s Eskaton branch — GM Nakibul Islam and officer Sabina Yasmin — will be grilled on April 17.

On April 18, the ACC will interrogate seven officials of Janata Bank head office – AGM Sirajul Islam, AGM Abdur Razzaque, AGM Golam Mustofa, AGM Limuu Rahman, AGM Assaduzzman, first executive officer Ahmed Helal and executive officer Baharul Islam.

On February 26, the anti-graft body formed a five-member inquiry team to probe the alleged plundering of about Tk 1,100 crore from five banks.

According to a Bangladesh Bank report, Bismillah Group swindled about Tk 1,100 crore from state-run Janata Bank and four private commercial banks — Prime Bank, Shahjalal Bank, Jamuna Bank and Premier Bank — showing fake export documents, taking government’s cash incentive to open business firms abroad and with accommodated bills through Letters of Credit (LCs).

The business group swindled Tk 392.57 crore from Janata Bank, Tk 306.22 crore from Prime Bank, Tk 163.69 crore from Jamuna Bank, Tk 148.69 crore from Shahjalal Bank and Tk 62.97 from Premier Bank.

Source: UNBConnect

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