Appellate Division expressed dissatisfaction today as two top officials of Destiny Multipurpose Cooperative Society Limited submitted a bail plea again without complying with its previous order, issued three years ago.
Earlier on November 13 in 2016, an Appellate Division bench ordered Managing Director of Destiny Group Rafiqul Amin and Chairman Mohammad Hossain to pay the government Tk2,800 crore within six weeks when they pleaded for bail in money laundering case.
Today, the duo again appealed for bail to a full bench of the Appellate Division led by the Chief Justice Syed Mahmood Hossain.
Barrister Ajmalul Hossain QC and Advocate Helal Amin stood for the Destiny officials and advocate Khurshid Alam Khan represented the Anti-Corruption Commission.
Destiny's lawyers applied for relaxation of the conditions given by the Appellate Division and asked more time to present papers. Later, the court adjourned the hearing for two days.
The accused are still in jail for not paying the money to the government as per the conditions.
"The Destiny officials did not fulfil conditions given earlier by the Appellate Division for their release on bail and rather they asked for bail plea again today," ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan said.
In July 2012, the ACC filed two cases against Destiny Group officials with Kalabagan Police Station on charges of laundering money.
Following the investigation into the case, the ACC filed the charge sheets on May 5, 2014.
Of the accused, 19 were charged in Destiny Multipurpose Co-operative Society case and 46 in Destiny Tree Plantation Limited.
According to the charge sheets, top Destiny officials misappropriated about Tk 4,200 crore through its tree plantation project and the cooperative firm and laundered this money abroad.
On August 24, 2016, Dhaka Senior Special Judge started the trial of the accused in two cases. However, before this allegation came out, Rafiqul Amin and Mohammad Hossain got bail from the High Court on the condition of submitting their passport over tree plantation money embezzlement case.