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ACC interrogates two ex-BB officials over loan scandal

Published : 29 Mar 2022 10:06 PM

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Tuesday interrogated two former senior officials of Bangladesh Bank (BB) over a loan scandal involving the International Leasing and Financial Services Ltd (ILFSL).

The former officials are- BB’s former deputy governor Shitangshu Kumar Sur Chowdhury widely known as SK Sur Chowdhury and former executive director of the central bank Shah Alam.

According to ACC sources, ACC's investigation officer Gulshan Anwar Prodhan started the quizzing after 10am at its Segunbagicha office in the capital.

SK Sur and Shah Alam reached the office before 10 am.

Earlier on Thursday, ACC summoned these two senior officials in the case against PK Haldar for laundering Tk 2,500 crore from International Leasing using non-existent organisations.

ACC Deputy Director Md Gulshan Anwar Pradhan sent the notices to their home address on Thursday.

SK Sur and Shah Alam were asked to appear at the ACC head office on March 29 to give a statement. 

Earlier, five officers at the level of deputy director, and joint director of Bangladesh Bank have been questioned.

In January last year, ACC filed a case against PK Halder for amassing illegal wealth of around Taka 274 crore. 

According to the case statement, he embezzled at least Tk 11,000 crore from various organisations and financial institutions. According to ACC sources, the amount of embezzled money may increase as the investigation progresses.

Among the institutions, he and his accomplices allegedly misappropriated around Tk 3,500 crore from ILFSL, Tk 2,200 crore from FAS Finance, Tk 2,500 crore from Reliance Finance, and around Tk 3,000 crore from People's Leasing.