HC orders probe into 'loan scams' in 3 banks
The High Court today directed the authorities concerned to probe the alleged loan scams in Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd, Social Islami Bank Ltd and First Security Islami Bank in four months.
The Anti-Corruption Commission, Bangladesh Bank, Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit, and the Criminal Investigation Department of Police have been asked to submit probe reports to the court by April 5.
Issuing a suo motu (voluntary) rule, the HC also ordered the authorities of the three banks to submit to the court lists of names and addresses of the officials who dealt with the loans.
The HC bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Khizir Hayat Lizu gave the orders following news reports in The Daily Star, Prothom Alo and New Age last month about alleged loan scams in the three banks.
The bench asked S Alam Group to come up with explanations on the reports that it took Tk 30,000 crore from Islami Bank.
The court also issued a rule asking the respondents to explain in four weeks why their inaction to take action against the persons involved in the loan scams should not be declared illegal. Secretaries at the ministries of finance, law and home affairs, the Bangladesh Bank governor, the ACC chairman, and heads of BFIU and the CID have been made respondents to the rule.