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Three convicts including a Banker from Sonali Bank has been given the sentence of Life Imprisonment along with fine of 2 Crore taka today, in one of the cases on the widely criticized Hallmark Loan scam.

The judgment was pronounced today by Special Judge (Number 5) of Dhaka, Dr. M Akhtaruzzaman.

The three convicts are, Saiful Islam Raja, Managing Director of Paragon Knitting Ltd. (a sister concern of Hallmark Group), Abdullah Al Mamun, Director of Paragon Knitting and Saiful Hasan, Asst DGM of the Sonali Bank (Ruposhi Bangla branch).

On October 7, 2013, the Anti-Corruption Commission pressed charges against 25 people in 11 cases for swindling over Tk 2,600 crore out of Sonali Bank. Some Sonali Bank officials of Ruposhi Bangla Hotel Branch were also charged with the incident. After their arrest, two Sonali Bank officials died and their names were dropped from the cases.

Some of the key accused persons are – (1) Tanvir Mahmud, Managing Director of Hallmark Group, (2) Jesmin Mahmud, wife of Tanvir who was the Chairman of the group, (3) Tushar Mahmud, General Manager of the group, (4) Shaidul Islam, owner of Apparel Enterprise (5) Jahangir Alam, owners of Star Spinning Mills (6) Taslim Hasan, owner of T and Brothers (7) Mir Zakaria, owner of Max Spinning Mills (8) Ziaur Rahman, Anowara Spinning Mills (9) Saiful Alam Raja, Paragon Knitting (10) Abdul Malek, Nakshi Knit and (11) Jamal Uddin Sarkar, UP Chairman of the Tetuljhora Union of Hemayetpur, Savar.

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In addition, suspended branch manager of Sonali Bank (Rupashi Bangla branch) A K M  Rahman, Saiful Hasan, Assistant DGM of Sonali Bank, Abdul Matin, Executive Officer and Mary Meherunnesa, Senior Executive Officer of the Dhanmondi branch of Sonali Bank are also charged in the cases.

However, the anti-corruption watchdog found no involvement of the bank’s board of directors in the largest-ever loan scam in the country’s banking industry, though some of the scammers have given confessional statements in court that they had “managed” the broad by bribing.

During the investigation, Tanvir gave a confessional statement saying that he had handed Tk 3 crore to Taslim Hasan, another accused in the scam, to bribe the board of directors.

The Bangladesh Bank unearthed the over Tk 3,500 crore loan scam in Sonali Bank’s Ruposhi Bangla Hotel branch in May 2012. Of the sum, Hall-Mark alone took Tk 2,686 crore using forged documents in connivance with some bank officials.

Later, the central bank handed over the issue to the ACC. Then in October 2012, the anti-graft body filed 11 cases against 27 top officials of Sonali Bank and Hall-Mark Group on charges of misappropriating more than Tk 1,568 crore. The ACC findings show that Sonali Bank’s Ruposhi Bangla Hotel branch gave Hall-Mark Tk 1,568.49 crore in funded loan (money given in cash) between October 2011 and May 2012.


Source – SheershaNews