Hall-Mark’s Tanvir confesses again

Tanvir Mahmud

Hall-Mark Managing Director Tanvir Mahmud on Wednesday again confessed to his involvement in the Tk 2,686 crore swindle.

Meanwhile, Tushar Ahmed, general manager of the controversial group, also confessed to his guilt before a magistrate.

Tanvir in his confessional statement named a number of people who helped him take loans from the Sonali Bank Ltd of Ruposhi Bangla branch against forged documents, court sources said.

Tanvir earlier on October 18 gave a similar confessional statement in connection with another graft case.

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According to the court sources, Tanvir named Ruposhi Bangla branch’s suspended Deputy General Manager AKM Azizur Rahman as his key partner in the biggest-ever fraud in the country’s banking sector.

Making his statement before Metropolitan Magistrate Keshab Roy Chowdhury, Tanvir said some employees of his company in collusion with a section of the bank officials had misappropriated the money, court sources said.

Meanwhile, Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Saifur Rahman recorded statement of Tushar and court sources said Tushar’s confessional statement is identical.

ACC Deputy Director Mir Joynul Abedin Shibly, also the investigation officer of the case, produced them before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Bikash Kumar Saha who assigned Keshab and Saifur for recording their confessional statements.

After recording their statements, they were sent to jail.

According to a Bangladesh Bank investigation report published in May, the controversial Hall-Mark and five other companies took Tk 3,547 crore in loans from the Sonali Bank’s Ruposhi Bangla branch using false documents. Of the sum, Hall-Mark alone embezzled Tk 2,686 crore.

After the scam surfaced, Sonali Bank itself audited the branch and found it had lent Tk 3,606 crore to these companies defying banking rules.

Rab nabbed Tanvir and Tushar on October 7 from a house in the capital’s Mirpur area. Rab men recovered a foreign pistol, four bullets and a magazine from Tanvir’s possession.

Earlier in the day, Tanvir’s wife Hall-Mark Chairman Jasmine Islam was sent to jail after being produced before another Dhaka court on completion of her four-day remand in connection with a graft case.

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