Five including four bank officials jailed for fraud

Published : 03 Oct 2022 07:57 PM

In the case of embezzlement of Tk 1 crore 97 lakh 16 thousand 700, the court has jailed 5 people including former AGM of Sonali Bank Noakhali branch, senior officer, AOG Cash-2 of Fulgazi branch, head office engineer for different terms. At the same time, the accused have been fined.

District Special Judge Court Judge ANM Morshed Khan delivered the verdict on Monday afternoon. 4 defendants were present in the court during the verdict. Meanwhile, in addition to sentencing the defendants, the verdict also ordered an investigation into their wives and children's assets and sources of income.

The accused are Nizam Uddin Farooq, proprietor of M/s Dolphin Sea Food Industries of Sonapur Basic Industrial Area, former AGM of Sonali Bank Noakhali Branch Abdullah Al Mamun, AOG Grade-2 (Cash) MA Rahman, head office of Sonali Bank and establishment And Superintending Engineer of Engineering Department Samchuddoha Nahad. Three of those arrested have been sent to prison. Two accused are still absconding in this incident. According to court sources, the defendants approved a loan of Tk 2 crore from Sonali Bank on July 10, 2012 for the business of keeping hilsa fish in cold storage in collaboration with each other. Later, without buying fish, he withdrew Tk 1 crore 97 lakh 16 thousand 700 in 14 checks within 20 September of that year through fake vouchers. On the contrary, 51 thousand 439 kg of hilsa fish was supposed to be purchased and stored, but instead of doing so, he embezzled the entire amount. Later in this incident Sonali Bank Noakhali Branch Principal Officer Mustafa Kamal filed a case on October 23, 2017 accusing 7 people in Sudharam police station. Later, the then assistant director of the ACC. After the investigation, Moshiur Rahman submitted the charge sheet to the court on October 23, 2017.

It is also known that the fugitive accused Nizam Uddin Farooq has been sentenced to 25 years and a fine of two crore two lakh rupees. Besides, the court sentenced four bank officials to 25 years in prison and fined Tk 1 crore 68 lakh each as it was proved that they were involved in corruption. However, as the sentences under different sections are concurrent, the maximum sentence will be 10 years.

Noakhali ACC PP (Public Prosecutor) Advocate Md. Abul Kashem confirmed the verdict and said that the three accused have been sent to the district jail. The police are trying to arrest the two absconding accused.