Top 5 Destiny Group bosses to face arrest, says ACC

The Daily Star September 13, 2012

The top five officials of Destiny Group might be arrested as a court has cancelled their bail in two money laundering cases, Anti-Corruption Commission Secretary Faizur Rahman said yesterday.

“Such arrest is part of the trial, so they might be arrested,” he told reporters at the commission’s monthly briefing at its Segunbagicha office in the capital.

ডেসটিনির ৬৩ কোটি টাকা বিদেশে পাচার

After hearing two petitions filed by the ACC, the Senior Special Judge’s Court in Dhaka yesterday cancelled bail to Destiny’s Managing Director Md Rafiqul Amin, Director Lt Gen (retd) M Harunur Rashid, Destiny-2000 Ltd Chairman Mohammad Hossain and its two directors Gofranul Huq and Sayed-ur Rahman.

On May 24, the Bangladesh Bank froze the bank accounts of the group’s all but two sister concerns — Boishakhi Media Limited and Dainik Destiny — for a month.

The anti-graft watchdog on July 31 sued 22 officials of Destiny Group for laundering Tk 3,285 crore by cheating investors.

The ACC will lodge six cases against some railway officials including Yusuf Ali Mridha, suspended general manager of Bangladesh Railway (east zone). The officials were allegedly involved in irregularities in the recruitment of staff for the railway.

“After a primary investigation, we have given permission to file the cases. Our officer has gone to Chittagong and the cases will be filed in a day or two,” said Faizur.

Widespread irregularities and corruption in railway’s recruitment came to light when Azam, driver of former railway minister Suranjit Sengupta’s APS Omar Faruq Talukder, pulled over Faruq’s microbus to the Pilkhana headquarters of Border Guard Bangladesh in the wee hours of April 9.

The ACC in its preliminary probe found irregularities in the recruitment to 1,069 posts. Some railway officials and teachers of a high school and a college were involved in the recruitment process.

The ACC secretary could not mention any specific time frame for completing the investigation into the alleged corruption in the appointment of a consultant for the Padma bridge project.

“More time is required for this; some foreign agencies are being enquired. We have some information but we are waiting for more,” said Faizur.

The anti-graft body has so far quizzed 27 individuals about the alleged graft.

Among the other major cases filed by the ACC last month, chief of Ahle Hadith Andolon Bangladesh (AHAB) Asadullah Al Galib was sued on August 15 for indulging in “profitable NGO activities” despite holding a job at a public university.

A probe by the anti-graft body found that Galib, a professor at Arabic department at Rajshahi University, received donations from local and foreign sources and misappropriated the funds under an NGO named Tawheed Trust.

Galib has been sued for flouting the Bangladesh Service Rules and running the NGO without permission from the university authorities.


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