Hallmark MD 'ready to return money'
Hallmark Group Managing Director Tanvir Mahmud and his wife Jasmine Islam, also the chairman of Hallmark, arrive at the Anti-Corruption Commission on Sunday. Photo: Palash Khan UNB, Dhaka Hallmark Group Managing Director Tanvir Mahmud on Sunday dismissed the allegation of taking loan showing fake documents from Sonali Bank. �I�ve taken loan from Sonali Bank following its existing rules...I admit I�ve taken loan and I�ll return it, but I need time,� he told reporters after his interrogation by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) at its headquarters in the afternoon. Denying his involvement in any corruption, Tanvir said, �I�ve no involvement in graft�I don�t do anything wrong. I�ve taken loan from the bank for my business.� Claiming that he has no fake company, Tanvir said adding that all his companies are operating in the country with some 40,000 workers. Meanwhile, the ACC quizzed his wife Jasmine Islam, also the chairman of Hallmark, and general manager Tushar Ahmed over the Tk 3,500 crore loan scam. An ACC investigation team started questioning them at 2:00am and continued it till 5:00pm, ACC Public Relations Officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told reporters at the ACC in the afternoon. Earlier, on Sunday, the corruption watchdog also interrogated three top officials of DN Sports Limited over the Sonali Bank scam. The ACC investigation team grilled DN Sports Limited chairman Motaharuddin Chowdhury, managing director Shafiqur Rahman John and director Fahmida Akhter Chowdhury, also wife of Shafiqur Rahman, at the ACC headquarters in the city. DN Sports is accused of taking loan of Tk 33.25 crore from Sonali Bank�s Ruposhi Bangla Hotel�s branch showing fake documents from the bank. Apart from today�s interrogation, the commission grilled 22 officials of Sonali Bank and four executives of Hallmark Group in connection with the huge loan scandal. The ACC will interrogate two deputy managing directors of Sonali Bank Mainul...
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