Bismillah Group Scam: ACC quizzes Bank officials

The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) interrogated four officials of Jamuna Bank Limited in connection with the alleged swindling of Tk 1,100 crore from five commercial banks by Bismillah Group, a terry towel producer. An ACC inquiry team started quizzing them at 10 am and continued it till 1 pm at the ACC head office here, ACC Public Relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told UNB.
The bank officials who faced interrogation Wednesday are former managing director of Jamuna Bank M Matiur Rahman, senior executive vice president M Yunus Ali, senior assistant vice president M Mahibul Kabir and executive officer Rezaul Karim.
Deputy managing director of the bank M Abul Shahjahan, senior assistant vice president M Mozarul Haque and executive vice president Mohammad Ali Ashraf were grilled on April 23.
On April 22, the team quizzed senior assistant vice presidents of Jamuna Bank Murshedur Rahman and SM Zahidul Islam, senior executive vice president Rafiqul Hasan, senior executive officer ASM Mashuk and senior executive Shamima Akther.
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. UNB

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