DHAKA: The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) summoned 23 officials of Bangladesh Bank (BB) and state-run Sonali Bank to quiz them over much-talked-about Hall-Mark loan scam.
Three notices signed by ACC deputy director Meer M Zainul Abedin Shibli were sent to the officials Monday.
ACC asked three BB officials, 15 from Sonali Bank Head Office, two from Ruposhi Bangla Branch, two from GM office and one from Dhamrai Branch to appear before it on February 24, 25 and 26 respectively.
Earlier, little-known Hall-Mark Group and five other companies embezzled Tk 3,547 crore from state-run Sonali Bank with the help of bank’s high-ups.
A central bank probe found that Sonali Bank high-ups, including a deputy managing director, a general manager and the branch manager, were directly involved in the scam.
Of Tk 3,547 crore, Hall-Mark Group alone took away Tk 2,686.14 crore, T and Brothers Tk 609.69 crore, Paragon Group Tk 146.60 crore, Nakshi Knit Tk 66.36 crore, DN Sports Tk 33.25 crore and Khanjahan Ali Tk 4.96 crore.
Of the six borrowers, Hall-Mark has been found to be the biggest fraudster.
On August 26, the central bank has directed Sonali Bank to suspend 31 of its officers including two deputy managing directors by August 30 for their involvement in the loan scam.
On August 27, BB issued a letter to the state-owned Bank asking to dissolve its present managing committee as they failed to monitor the Tk 3,547 crore loan scam of Hall-Mark group.
BDST: 2030 HRS, FEB 18, 2013
Edited by: Abul Kalam Azad, Newsroom Editor/ M. Mahbub Alam, Asst Output Editor/ SM Salahuddin, Output Editor
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