Hall-Mark loan scam: ACC quizzing 7 Shajalal officials

Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) started quizzing seven officials of Shahljalal Islami Bank Limited (SIBL) for their alleged involvement in ‘non funded’ loan scam with controversial Hall-Mark group.

The officials are- SIBL Iskaton Branch assistant vice president (AVP) and deputy manager SM Hasanul Kabir, vice president and manager Aslamul Haque, Senior Executive Officer Muhammad Shahidul Islam, Panthapath Branch relationship manager Shamsul Arefin Siddiki, first AVP Helal Uddin Ahmed, AVP Niaz Muhammad Khan and vice president and manager Muhammad Abdur Rahim.

An ACC team led by chief investigation officer and senior deputy director Meer Joinul Abedin Shibli is quizzing them at ACC office in city’s Segunbagichha Sunday.

Joinul Abedin Shibli told banglanews hat all officials of the bank are being quizzed over forgery through non founded Tk. 110 crore.

ACC sources said they sent notices to 19 officials of SIBL. Of them seven officials are being quizzed Monday, six officials will be quizzed on January 28 and rests six will be on January 29.

ACC investigation team said some officials of 30 branches of the Bank helped Hall-Mark, T and Brothers, DN Sports, Paragon Group, Nakshi Neat and Khan Jahan Ali Group to get loan from the bank. All mentioned company took loan from the bank by against LC for export-import purpose.

But their all documents were fake, team added.

Earlier, little-known Hallmark Group and five other companies have 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.

The amount embezzled by the six entities is equivalent to almost 15 percent of the total estimated cost of the $2.9 billion Padma bridge project.

Of Tk 3,547 crore, Hallmark 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, Hallmark has been found to be the biggest fraudster.banglanews24.com

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