12:00 AM, November 15, 2012 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, November 15, 2012

Hall-Mark Loan Scam

Tanvir, Tushar confess again

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Court Correspondent

Hall-Mark Group Managing Director Tanvir Mahmud and its General Manager Tushar Ahmed yesterday once again confessed to magistrates about their involvement in the Tk 2,686 crore scam.
The two made the confessions in a graft case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission.
In his confession before Metropolitan Magistrate Keshab Roy Chowdhury, Tanvir said some employees of his company in league with some officials of Sonali Bank's Ruposhi Bangla Hotel branch had misappropriated the money, said court sources.
He named several people, including suspended deputy general manager AKM Azizur Rahman of Sonali Bank, who helped him secure the loans on forged documents.
Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Saifur Rahman recorded the confessional statement of Tushar, which was almost identical to that of Tanvir.
Earlier on October 18, the Hall-Mark boss had made a similar confession in another graft case.
ACC Deputy Director Mir Joynul Abedin Shiblee, who is the investigation officer of the case, produced the two before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Bikash Kumar Saha. The CMM assigned Keshab and Saifur for a recording of their confessional statements.
Later, the two accused were sent to jail.
Meanwhile, a Dhaka court yesterday sent Tanvir's wife and group Chairman Jasmine Islam to jail after she was produced before it on completion of a four-day remand in a graft case.
According to a Bangladesh Bank investigation report published in May, the controversial Hall-Mark Group and five other companies took Tk 3,547 crore in loans from the state-owned bank between 2010 and 2012 on forged documents.
Of the amount, Hall-Mark alone swindled Tk 2,686 crore.

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