AL bigwigs involved in scam by Bismillah Group


Bismillah Group (BG) has laundered about Tk 1,075 crore from five banks and transferred the money to Dubai, England and Malaysia.

Preliminary information suggests that ruling party bigwigs or their relatives are involved in this scam, sources in the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) said adding that the anti-graft body is expected to interrogate sons of two ruling party MPs soon as part of this investigation.

ACC sources said the money was routed through several banks such as Jamuna, Janata, Shahjalal, Premier and Prime Banks to destinations outside the country.

Bismillah Group Chairman Nawrin Hasib, Managing Director Khaza Solaiman Anowar Chowdhury, Director Shafiqul Anowar Chowdhury, Director Sarwar Jahan are now reportedly staying in Dubai, while senior Manager (Account) Abul Hossain Chowdhury is in Malaysia.  Another official Riazuddin is staying in London.

An investigation official on condition of anonymity told this reporter that the probe team members were looking into the matter and trying to bring back the swindlers in the country.

The team has already interrogated a director of the group and got sensitive evidence from him and this would be helpful to bring back the money, he said.

The team is likely to submit its primary inquiry report on Bismillah Group scam to the Commission in the first week of the next month.  Sources said, the team has so far found evidence to suggest that many ruling party men had direct and indirect involvement with the swindlers.

 When contacted, ACC Chairman Ghulam Rahman told The New Nation that he did not know about the Bismillah Group laundered money to different countries.

“I have neither information of laundering of money nor about hiding of the money by BG authorities in foreign countries”, he said, adding, he would be able to comment on the matter after getting the inquiry report in hand. “You (Journalists) may help the ACC with information if you have in this regard”, the ACC Chairman said. 

The sources said, the Commission may summon Durjoy, son of Rahmat Ali, Member of Awami League Advisers’ Committee and Member of Parliament from Gazipur, and Mohammad Ali, son of Subid Ali Bhuiyan, Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Power and Energy and Member of Parliament from Comilla as part of the investigation.  

 On February 26, the anti-graft body formed a five-member inquiry team to probe the alleged charges. 

The team members are ACC Deputy Director Syed Iqbal Hossain, Assistant Directors Toufiqul Islam and M Gulshan Anwar, and Deputy Assistant Directors Sardar Manzur Ahmed and M Al Amin.  According to a Bangladesh Bank report, Bismillah Group has swindled about Tk 1,075 crore from the banks using fictitious Letters of Credit (LCs).

The business group swindled Tk 392.57 crore from Janata Bank, Tk 306.22 crore from Prime Bank, Tk 163.69 crore from Jamuna Bank, Tk 148.69 crore from Shahjalal Bank and Tk 62.97 from Premier Bank.


News Source: The New Nation

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