Allegations of bribery have been leveled against the current central bank officials. There are allegations that thousands of crores of rupees have been laundered in the financial sector. The central bank has formed a high-level inquiry committee to look into the matter. Bangladesh Bank Executive Director and Spokesperson Sirajul Islam confirmed the matter to SunBD.
He said a five-member inquiry committee headed by Deputy Governor AKM Sajedur Rahman Khan has been formed as per the order of the high court. The others are two general managers Kabir Ahmed and Nurul Amin. Deputy General Manager Sarwar Hossain has been made the Member Secretary.
Earlier, on February 4, the central bank removed Shah Alam, the executive director of the central bank’s financial institution, over allegations of bribery.
It is learned that Reliance Finance and International Leasing used to bribe the inspection officers of Bangladesh Bank with five to seven lakh rupees to suppress the irregularities of the financial institutions. And the then General Manager of the Financial Institutions and Markets Department of the Central Bank, Shah Alam, was paid two lakh rupees per month. Former Deputy Governor SK Sur Chowdhury used to ‘manage’ the irregularities and corruption of financial institutions. And with the help of these officials, Prashant Kumar (PK) Haldar has taken some financial institutions to the brink of destruction. As a result, several financial institutions, such as People’s Leasing and International Leasing, are on the verge of collapse.
Ujjwal Kumar Nandi, former chairman of People’s Leasing, testified in court that several bankers and businessmen had destroyed the financial base of People’s Leasing. In the statement, Shamsul Alamin mentioned the names of Arefin Shamsul Alamin, Director (Finance) of Real Estate, Capt. (Retd.) Moazzem, former Chairman of the organization, SK Sur, former Deputy Governor of Bangladesh Bank and Shah Alam, former GM (now Executive Director).
Ujjwal Kumar Nandi, who was arrested in the ACC case, was remanded for five days on Monday (February 15) by Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate. In the court of Atiqul Islam, Ujjwal Kumar Nandi made a voluntary confessional statement under section 164. The news has also been spread in the national media.
Ujjwal Kumar Nandi told the court that the managers of the time, including former chairman Moazzem, shared the interest on People’s Leasing’s deposit and loan by showing Tk 111 crore more. As a result, assets were shown to be more than Tk 309 crore and liabilities were shown to be less than Tk 6 crore. SK Sur, a deputy governor of Bangladesh Bank, former GM (now executive director) Shah Alam and others were paid a bribe of Tk 1 crore and Tk 7.5 crore every year from 2009 to 2015 to cover these misdeeds. In this case, it is mentioned in the records that capital was given to some VIPs.
Earlier in the day, Rashedul Haque, one of PK Haldar’s associates and former managing director (MD) of International Leasing, made a confessional statement in court. Rashedul Haque made a confessional statement in the CMM court in Dhaka. Earlier, the ACC arrested him and remanded him.
In his statement to the court on February 2, Rashedul Haque said that Reliance Finance and International Leasing would have paid five to seven lakh rupees to the inspection officers of Bangladesh Bank to suppress the irregularities of financial institutions. The then General Manager of the Financial Institutions and Markets Department of the Central Bank, Shah Alam, was paid two lakh rupees per month. Former Deputy Governor SK Sur Chowdhury used to ‘manage’ the irregularities and corruption of financial institutions.
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