12:00 AM, November 13, 2012 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, November 13, 2012

Hall-Mark Loan Scam

ACC calls 14 Janata officials for interrogation

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Staff Correspondent

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) asked 14 Janata Bank officials, including its general manager (GM) and assistant general manager (AGM), to appear before it next week to be interrogated over the Hall-Mark loan scam.
The interrogations would be over the loan's non-funded portion, said ACC Commissioner Mohammad Shahabuddin yesterday.
Non-funded loans are in the form of guarantee against letter of credits (LCs) while funded loans are taken in cash.
Shahabuddin said inquiry into the non-funded loan, amounting to Tk 1,118 crore and involving 26 banks including Sonali and Janata, was almost complete.
According to a Bangladesh Bank report, Sonali Bank's Ruposhi Bangla Hotel branch disbursed Tk 3,547 crore in loan to Hall-Mark Group and five other companies defying banking rules. Hall-Mark alone took Tk 2,686 crore.
A high official of ACC said seven of them will be quizzed on November 18 and the rest the following day.
The 14 include GM Aminul Islam, Deputy General Manager (DGM) Joynal Abedin, AGM Ruhul Amin Khan, Manager Export Alauddin Akand and Expert in Charge Abdul Gafur of Motijheel branch and DGM Sheikh Haider Hossain and AGM Mizanur Rahman of Foreign Trade Corporate branch.
The rest are senior executive officers AK Azad and MM Soebul Kabir and AGM Mostak Ahmed Khan of Elephant Road branch; GM Abdus Salam Azad and DGM SM Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal of Bhaban Corporate branch; and DGM Mizanur Rahman and AGM Kazi Rois Uddin Ahmed of Ramna Corporate branch.

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