The Anti-Corruption Commission on Monday challenged the legality of an order passed by the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court granting bail to five Destiny Group top officials including managing director Rafiqul Amin and president Left. Gen. Harun Or-Rashid.
ACC deputy director Mozahar Ali and assistant director M Towfiqul Islam, also complainants of the two cases, filed two petitions with the Senior Special Judge’s Court seeking revision of the CMM court’s orders in two money laundering cases.
The senior special judge (in charge), Mohammad Akhtheruzzaman, took cognisance of the petitions and called for the case record with the CMM’s court.
The Senior Special Judge’s Court posted the hearing of the two petitions for August 30.
On the other hand another 17 other Destiny officials, who are also accused in the cases, moved petitions in the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court seeking bail.
Metropolitan magistrate Ataul Haque, however, did not hear the bail petitions as the Senior Special Judge’s Court called for the records of the cases.
The 17 Destiny officials who sought bails are- Mesbah Uddin Shapan, Sayed Sazzad Hossain, Irfan Ahmed Sany, Faraha Diba, Jomshed Ara Chowdhury, Nepal Chandra Biswash, Eng. Sayed Tayabur Rahaman, Jakir Hossain, Ajad Rahman, Akram Hossain Sumon, Shirin Akther, Md. Rafiqul Islam Sarker, Md. Mujibur Rahman, Md. Suman Ali Khhan, Md. Saidul Islam Khan, Md. Abul Kalam Azad, and Left. Corl. Didurul Alam. All are the Director of the company and also distributors of Destiny 2000 limited.
In their petitions, the ACC officials submitted that the lower court had no jurisdiction to hear any petition submitted by the prosecution or the defence. According to the law only a special judge is entitled to hear any petition or any other mater of the case, they submitted.
The ACC officials also submitted that as the metropolitan magistrate had on August 6 illegally granted bail to the five Destiny officials until the police submitted its probe reports, the bail order should be revoked.
The court of metropolitan magistrate Mohammad Erfan Ullah granted bail to the five Destiny officials after the accused surrendered before it on August 6.
On 31 July the ACC Assistant Director Towfiqul Islam filed another case against 22 top Destiny officials, including the 12 accused in the first case, for laundering Tk 1178.61 crore from Destiny Multipurpose Cooperative Society Ltd (DMCSL).
The ACC claimed in the two cases that the company laundered a total Tk,3,285 crore taka through the cheating investors.
According to the case details ACC officials mentioned that only Tk 56 lakh and another Tk 4.87 crore were left with the two bank accounts of the Destiny Multipurpose Co-Operative Society Ltd (DMCSL) and the Destiny Tree Plantation (DTPP) after the company officials transferred the huge amount of money.
-With New Age input