ACC submits charge sheets against 51 Destiny bosses

Ahammad Foyez and Robiul Islam

The Anti-Corruption Commission on Sunday submitted two charge sheets against 51 top bosses of controversial multi-level marketing company Destiny Group for their alleged involvement in laundering around Tk 4,119 crore.
ACC investigation officers Mozhar Ali Sarder and Taufiquel Islam submitted the charge sheets in the court of chief metropolitan magistrate of Dhaka.
The ACC also submitted a list of 150 prosecution witnesses for the two lawsuits.
According to ACC officials, Destiny Group president M Harun-ur-Rashid, a former army chief, managing director Mohammad Rafiqul Amin and 49 other functionaries embezzled the money deposited by clients.
The accused also include Farah Deeba, wife of Rafiqul Amin, Mohammad Hossain, Md Gofranul Haque, Mohammad Saidur Rahman, Mohammad Mezbah Uddin, Syed Sajjad Hossain, Irfan Ahmed Sani, Jamshed Ara Chowdhury, Sheikh Tayebur Rahman, Nepal Chandra Biswas, Zakir Hossain, Abul Kalam Azad, SM Ahasanul Kabir, Azad Rahman, M Akbar Hossain Sumon, Saidul Islam Khan, M Sumon Ali Khan, Shirin Akter, Rafiqul Islam Sarkar, Mojibur Rahman, Didarul Alam, M Haideruzzman, Mohammad Joynul Abidin, Kazi Fazlul Karim, Mollah Al-Amin, Safiul Islam, Ziaul Haque Molla, Sikder Kabirul Islam, M Firoz Alam, Omar Faruk, Sunil Baran Karmakar, Farid Akter, S Shahiduzzman, Abdur Rahman Tapan, Sakibuzzman Khan, AHM Atiur Rahman Reza, Ghulam Kibria Milton, Atiqur Rahman, Khandakar Benazir Ahmed, AKM Safiullah, Shah Alam, Delowar Hossain, Jesmin Akter and M Safiqul Haque.
According to ACC probe reports, 23 top bosses of the Destiny Group withdrew around Tk 818.82 crore from its 26 companies flouting the law and used their personal accounts to launder the money.
The 26 companies are: Destiny 2000, Air Destiny Ltd, Destiny Multipurpose Co-operative Society Ltd, Destiny Tree Plantation Ltd, Diamond Builders Ltd, Destiny Printing and Packaging Ltd, Destiny Medical College and Hospital Ltd, Destiny Developers Ltd, Configure Engineers and Construction Co Ltd, Configure Housing Ltd, Destiny Express Ltd, Destiny Tea Limited, Destiny
Security Force Ltd, Destiny Agro Industries Ltd, Best Air Ltd, Destiny Air systems Ltd, Destiny Nihaj Jute Spinners Ltd, Destiny Builders Ltd, Destiny Consumers Products Ltd, Destiny Environment Savings Energy Ltd, Destiny Media & Publications Ltd, Destiny Puki Printers Ltd, Destiny SAASCO Properties Ltd, Destiny Transit System Ltd, and Alpana Chayachitra Ltd.
On July 31, 2012, ACC filed two cases against 22 executives of Destiny 2000 Ltd with Kalabagan police accusing them of embezzling around Tk 3,285 crore.
For their alleged involvement in the cases, the ACC arrested Harun-ur-Rashid, Rafiqul Amin and six others.
Harun-ur-Rashid obtained bail from the High Court.
Destiny Group directors Mohammad Hossain, Didarul Alam and Ziaul Haque Mollah and managing director Rafiqul Amin are in jail.
Three other Destiny Group directors Akbar Hossain Sumon, Safiul Islam and Shirin Akter jumped bail from a lower court and fled the country.
The HC cancelled their bails.
According to ACC probe reports the accused persons laundered most of the money to USA, Canada, Singapore, France and Hong Kong treating the money as their earnings as commission and dividends from exports as well as salaries, honorariums and incentives.
If found guilty of flouting the money laundering law the accused persons could be sentenced to a maximum of 12 years’ jail; and asked to refund double the amount to the victims of the alleged fraud through the government.

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