Destiny MD Rafiqul jailed for 3 years

Court Correspondent | Published: 15:56, Jan 28,2020 | Updated: 00:55, Jan 29,2020


Police take Rafiqul Amin, the managing director of Destiny 200 Ltd, after a court awarded him three-year imprisonment in a case for misappropriating depositors’ money on Tuesday.-- Indrajit Ghosh

A Dhaka court on Tuesday sentenced Destiny Group managing director Rafiqul Amin to three years in prison for his failure in showing the source of his Tk 18.03 crore income. 

Shamim Ahamad, the judge of Dhaka Special Judge Court-8, delivered the verdict in a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission.

The judge also fined him Tk 50,000 and ordered him to pay the fine within next 30 days.

ACC filed two cases against Rafiqul and 22 other Destiny officers with the Kalabagan police in Dhaka on July 31, 2012 over their involvement in embezzling and laundering about Tk 3,500 crore from customers in the name of Destiny MultiParus Co-operative (MLM) and a tree planting project.

During the investigation of the cases, ACC found his income of 18 crore 2 lakh 29 thousand and 323 takas without any source and the anti-corruption body forwarded a notice on June 16, 2016 for him to show the source of the income in a wealth statement.

As Rafiqul was in police custody during that time, he sought seven more days for the task.

But he did not submitted the statement even after getting more time.

Later, ACC filed a case against him on this charge on September 8, 2016 with the Ramna police station.

On June 6, 2017 the ACC investigation officer pressed charges against the accused.

The court framed charges against the accused on 12 on 2018 and later testified five prosecution witnesses and passed the verdict.

The ACC public prosecutor Mohammad Hossain Jahangir expressed satisfaction with the verdict.

On the other hand, the defence lawyer Ehasanul Haque Samajee they would go to the High court seeking review of the verdict.

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