Destiny chairman, MD sent to jail on money laundering charges

Managing Director of Destiny Group Md Rafiqul Amin and Director Lt Gen (retd) M Harunur Rashid

A Dhaka court on Thursday sent to jail three high officials of Destiny Group including its Director Lt Gen (retd) M Harun-Ar-Rashid in two money laundering cases.

The court passed the order after rejecting their bail petitions in the cases.

কারাগারে ডেসটিনির প্রেসিডেন্ট, এমডি

The two other top shots are: Md Rafiqul Amin, managing director of Destiny Group, and Mohammad Hossain, chairman of Destiny-2000 Ltd.

Judge Md Zahirul Haque of the Senior Special Judge’s Court of Dhaka ordered to send them to jail after they surrendered to the court in the morning and sought bail.

Meanwhile, Anti-Corruption Commission officials — Assistant Director Md Towfiqul Islam and Deputy Director Mozahar Ali Sardar — filed two separate prayers seeking a 20-day remand for each in the two cases.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court in Dhaka will hear the petitions later in the day.

Earlier on September 27, Judge Md Zahirul Haque cancelled the bail of 22 Destiny Group officials including the trio and ordered the accused to surrender before the lower court.

The judge passed the order on that day after the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) had filed four criminal appeals challenging the legality of the bail granted to the Destiny officials by three lower courts.

The ACC on August 13 and September 12 filed the appeal petitions with the court seeking cancellation of the bail.

Three metropolitan magistrates of Dhaka had granted bail to the accused on different dates, although they have no jurisdiction to deal with money laundering cases as per provisions of the Money Laundering Prevention Act, 2009.

The anti-graft watchdog had sued the Destiny officials on July 31 for laundering Tk 3,285.26 crore by cheating its investors.


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