A Dhaka court yesterday ordered the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to take steps to freeze 71 bank accounts of nine Destiny Group officials in connection with a money laundering case filed by the ACC.
Judge Mohammad Zahirul Haque of Senior Special Judge's Court passed the order after ACC Deputy Director Mozahar Ali Sarder filed a petition seeking permission to freeze the bank accounts.
The officials are Zakir Hossain, former general secretary of Destiny Multipurpose Cooperative Society Ltd (DMCSL), its former joint secretary Azad Rahman, former treasurer Akbar Hossain Sumon, and six former DMCSL officials Shirin Akhter, Rafiqul Islam Sarkar, Majibur Rahman, Sumon Ali Khan, Saidul Islam Khan Rubel and Abul Kalam Azad.
The nine officials deposited a total of Tk 1.13 crore at 71 bank accounts on different dates, the ACC official said in his petition.
Earlier the same court ordered to freeze 537 bank accounts of Destiny Group officials including Destiny Group Chairman Mohammad Rafiqul Amin.
Moreover, the court on Tuesday directed the ACC to confiscate all the properties of the controversial business group.
The court also asked the anti-graft body to confiscate personal properties of the Destiny Group chairman, his wife Farah Diba and Destiny 2000 Chairman Mohammad Hossain.
The ACC on July 31 sued 22 officials of the group for laundering Tk 3,285.26 crore by cheating investors.