Money embezzlement case: Dr. Trial of 14 people including Yunus started


Nobel laureate Dr. The court framed charges against 14 people including Muhammad Yunus. The formal trial of the case has begun as a result of the framing of the complaint.

On Wednesday (June 12), Judge Syed Arafat Hossain of the Special Judge Court-4 of Dhaka rejected the acquittal plea of ​​the accused and framed their charges.

Earlier, on June 2, ACC public prosecutor Mosharraf Hossain Kajal held a hearing to frame charges against the accused. On the other hand, Dr. Lawyers for 14 people, including Yunus, asked for exemption. After hearing both sides, the court fixed June 12 as the date for the order in this regard.

On May 30, 2023, Nobel laureate Dr. ACC filed a case against 13 people including Muhammad Yunus. Gulshan Anwar, deputy director of the organization, filed the case as the main plaintiff.

On February 1, 2024, Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge Court. ACC Deputy Director Gulshan Anwar filed the charge sheet against 14 people including Muhammad Yunus. There were 13 accused in the ACC case. A new accused has been named in the charge sheet.

The accused have been charged under Sections 409/420/467/468/471/109 and Sections 4(2) and 4(3) of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2012. On April 2, the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge As Samach Jaglul Hossain’s court accepted the charge sheet and ordered the transfer to Dhaka Special Judge Court-4 for the trial of the case.

It has been stated in the statement of the case that the accused have embezzled Tk 25 crore 22 lakh 6 thousand 780 through fraud. According to the decision of the 108th board held on May 9, 2022 in the presence of the members, the account was opened at the Gulshan branch of Dhaka Bank. A settlement agreement was signed with the Grameen Telecom Employees’ Union and Grameen Telecom on April 27 of that year for the distribution of dividends due to the employees of Grameen Telecom.

Grameen Telecom’s board meeting decided to open the account on May 9, but the account was opened a day earlier on May 8. The settlement agreement also shows the May 8 bank account, which is practically impossible. According to the conditions of such fake settlement agreement and according to the decision of the 108th Board, on May 10, 2022, 437 crore 1 lakh 12 thousand 621 taka was transferred from Mirpur branch of United Commercial Bank of Grameen Telecom to Gulshan branch of Dhaka Bank.

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Later, in the 109th board meeting of Grameen Telecom held on June 22, as per the decision, additional payment of Tk 1 crore 63 lakh 91 thousand 389 as advocate fee was approved. On the other hand, a total of 26 crore 22 lakh 6 thousand 780 taka was transferred from the account of the Gulshan branch of Dhaka Bank to the account of the local office of the Grameen Telecom Sramik Sanghai Union named Dutch-Bangla Bank.

But before the distribution of dividends to the employees, CBA leader Md. A total of Tk 3 crore was transferred to Kamruzzaman’s Dutch-Bangla Bank Mirpur branch, Tk 3 crore to CBA leader Mainul Islam and Tk 3 crore to CBA leader Feroz Mahmud Hasan’s Dutch-Bangla Bank Mirpur branch.

Advocate in the same way. 4 crores as Yusuf Ali Commercial Bank of Ceylon Dhanmondi branch and Gulshan of The City Bank, Deputy Inspector General of Factory and Establishment Inspection Directorate of Ministry of Labor and Employment, a report containing some allegations against the Board of Directors of Grameen Telecom Company was sent to the ACC. Based on that report, the search began on July 28, 2022.

The defendants are the chairman of Grameen Telecom. Muhammad Yunus, managing director. Nazmul Islam, director and former managing director. Ashraful Hasan, Director Parveen Mahmud, Nazneen Sultana, Md. Shahjahan, Nurjahan Begum and director S. M Hajjatul Islam Latifi.

In addition, Advocate Md. Yusuf Ali, Advocate Zafarul Hasan Sharif, President of Grameen Telecom Sramik-Karmchari Union. Kamruzzaman, general secretary Feroz Mahmud Hasan and representative Md. Mainul Islam, office secretary Kamrul Islam has been accused.

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