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ACC bans travel of 17 Farmers Bank high-ups

FE Report | April 04, 2018 00:00:00

The national anti-sleaze body issued Tuesday a travel ban on 17 people including top officials of Farmers Bank for their alleged connection with embezzling the private lender's funds.

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) sent a letter, signed by its deputy director Md Shamsul Alam, to the special branch of police department to take appropriate action in this respect.

The accused persons include former chairman of the Farmers Bank's audit committee Mahabubul Haque Chisty (alias Babul Chisty), his wife Rozi Chisty, son Rashedul Haque Chisty, daughter Remi Chisty, his brother Majedul Haque Chisty, and Rashedul Chisty's wife Farhana Ahmed.

The bankers, who will face the travel ban, are-former Farmers Bank managing director and chief executive officer AKM Shameem, deputy managing director Md Abdul Motaleb Patwary, senior executive vice-president Gazi Salahuddin, executive vice-president Md Zahangir Alam Mozumder, senior vice-president Zia Uddin Ahmed, vice-presidents Md Lutful Hoque and Md Manirul Haque, first vice-president Md Tafazzal Hossain, assistant vice-president Md Shamsul Hasan Bhuiyan, assistant executive officer Mahbub Ahmed, and executive officer Md Jakir Hossain.

According to the letter, ACC has launched the investigation into the alleged embezzlement and money laundering by 17 persons.

The ban was imposed after the commission came to know that the accused are trying to flee the country.

"So, it is necessary to impose a travel ban on these people for the interest of investigation," the letter said.

In a separate incident, ACC has summoned a director of Premier Bank at its headquarters for interrogating over the allegation of misappropriating Tk 1.34 billion in collusion with some bank officials.

Bazlul Haque Haroon, an Awami League lawmaker from Jhalakathi-1 constituency, was asked to appear before ACC on April 11, according to a letter issued by the commission.

The letter said that Haroon allegedly embezzled Tk 1,339,545,327 through forged signatures of clients in collaboration with some bank officials.

The lawmaker also gained wealth from unknown sources in favour of his and family members' name, bought shares of Premier Bank and other properties through illegal means, the letter added.

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