BFIU letter seeking bank details of journo leaders unexpected: Home Minister
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan today said he was trying to find out the details regarding the letter that Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU) recently sent to commercial banks asking for account information of 11 leaders of the journalist community.
"I agree with you that what has happened is unexpected," the minister said when a delegation of senior journalists met him at his Secretariat office today.
"I think there has been a misunderstanding and I believe that the letter should not have been issued in such a way," said the minister while talking to reporters after a meeting with the delegation.
The delegation comprised of prime minister's former media adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, journalist leaders Manjurul Ahsan Bulbul, Kuddus Afrad, Abul Kalam Azad, Abdul Jalil Bhuiya, Omar Faruk and Sajjad Alam Khan.
The minister said he already spoke to the National Security Intelligence (NSI), Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and Special Branch of police and Bangladesh Bank about the matter.
He assured journalists that he will sit with them again to find out more about the issue and take action accordingly.
"Your reputation has been undermined… It has to be ensured that such incident does not occur again," he said.
Last week, Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud said journalist leaders have no reason to be worried about their bank account details being sought by BFIU.