ACC charge sheet against Mahmudur likely today
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is likely to submit the charge sheet, today or tomorrow, of the Tk 118 crore embezzlement case against the former so-called managing director (MD) of Shine Pukur Holdings Ltd Mahmudur Rahman and six others.
Meanwhile, detained former BNP lawmaker MAH Salim's wife Amena Begum yesterday obtained bail in a case filed for amassing wealth illegally and concealing wealth information to the commission.
The ACC yesterday sent the sanction letter for submission of the charge sheet against Mahmudur Rahman, Shinepukur Holdings chairman Sohel F Rahman, vice chairman Salman F Rahman and five others to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's (CMM) Court of Dhaka.
The ACC earlier on June 9 approved the charge sheet against Mahmudur Rahman, Sohel, Salman and five others for committing the offences.
ACC Assistant Director Amirul Islam, also the investigation officer (IO), investigated the case and found the involvement of the accused in embezzling the money and submitted the probe report to the authorities concerned for approval.
The others accused in the case are former director of Shine Pukur Holdings Ltd Iqbal Ahmed, former general manager (GM) of Sonali Bank Sheikh Amin Uddin Ahmed, the bank's Deputy General Managers (DGM) Abu Taher and Abu Saleh Mohammad Nurul Haque.
On September 30 last year, ACC's Assistant Director Muhammad Mahbubul Alam filed this case with Motijheel Police Station against Mahmudur Rahman and six others for embezzling over Tk 108 crore from the bank.
Abu Saleh's name was later included to the charge sheet as his involvement with corruption was discovered during the investigation.
Mahmudur Rahman was the energy adviser with the status of a state minister during the regime of BNP-led four-party alliance government.
The case said the accused embezzled Tk 108 crore in capital and interest from the Dhaka local office of Sonali Bank through a consortium, Shine Pukur Holdings Ltd, using fake documents.
The case also mentioned that principal accused Mahmudur Rahman drew Tk 60 crore of the loan sometime between August 13, 1998 and February 16, 1999.
SALIM'S WIFE GETS BAIL
Meanwhile Judge Mohammad Azizul Haque of the Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court passed the order for Amena's bail after she appeared before the court seeking bail.
Earlier the same court issued arrest warrants against Amena Begum and her children. Her son Mehedi Hassan and daughter Sahara Salim both remain absconding.
Detained Salim, chairman of private television channel Channel 1, is the principal accused in the case.
On June 9, ACC Assistant Director Shamsul Alam, also the IO of the case, submitted the charge sheet against them for amassing Tk 73 crore illegally and concealing information about their wealth worth Tk 22 crore in their wealth statements.
On December 6 last year, ACC Assistant Director Ali Akbar filed the case with Gulshan Police Station accusing Salim and his family members of committing the offences.
In the first information report, the complainant said Salim concealed information about his property worth Tk 12.38 crore in the wealth statement submitted to the commission and that he also accumulated TK 62.96crore illegally.
But the investigation found that Salim and family members had concealed information about his property worth Tk 22.06 crore in their wealth statements submitted to the commission and had also amassed Tk 73.16 crore illegally.