The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) on Sunday interrogated five bank officials in connection with the non-funded part of the much-talked-about Sonali Bank loan scam.
An ACC team, led by its director Mir Zainul Abedin Shebly, started questioning them at about 11 am and continued it till 3 pm at the ACC head office, according to ACC sources.
The bank officials, who faced grilling on Sunday, were assistant general manager of Janata Bank’s corporate branch Abduallah Al Mamun, its senior executive officer Sakhawat Hossain, executive officer Jasmine Khatun, officer Jenia Jasmine and senior principal officer Jasmine Akhter.
In August 2015, the ACC resumed its probe into the non-funded part of Sonali Bank loan scam since the Sonali Bank authorities in its internal probe found that some 37 commercial banks were involved in the non-funded part of the loan scam. Hall-Mark Group swindled out a total of Tk 3,547 crore from the Sonali Bank — both funded and non-funded ones.
The controversial group swindled out Tk 1,568 crore from the bank’s Ruposhi Bangla branch in cash while it plundered Tk 1,709 crore from different private banks, showing Sonali Bank clearances. In the non-funded part, Hall-Mark Group plundered Tk 1,709 crore from 37 commercial banks, including 25 private banks, five foreign banks and seven government-owned banks.
On October 4, 2012, the ACC filed 11 cases against 27 officials of Sonali Bank and Hall-Mark Group on charge of swindling out Tk 1,568 crore from the bank’s Ruposhi Bangla branch in cash, according to UNB. –Mithun