Govt can ask for anyone’s bank account details
The government can seek bank account details of anybody for any reason, Information Minister Hasan Mahmud said yesterday.
He came up with the remarks while responding to a question regarding the investigation of the bank account details of 11 journalist leaders by Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU), reports UNB.
The BFIU of the Bangladesh Bank recently issued letters to the commercial banks asking for their account details.
"The bank accounts of MPs, government employees and the leaders of various business organisations are also sought. There's nothing wrong in asking for bank account details of anybody," he said during a programme of Bangladesh Secretariat Reporters Forum (BSRF).
He added that the fact that their bank details were sought were not supposed to be published in newspapers.
"This is a question as to why it was published in the media. Another question that's being raised by the journalists is why the bank account details were asked for with the name of organisations. I think if someone is transparent, there's no reason to be worried about."
Meanwhile, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan called the letter by BFIU unexpected. He said this when a delegation of senior journalists met him at his Secretariat office.
"I think there has been a misunderstanding and I personally 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 prime minister's ex-media adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, journalist leaders Manjurul Ahsan Bulbul, Kuddus Afrad, Abul Kalam Azad, Abdul Jalil Bhuiya, Omar Faruk, and Sajjad Alam Khan.
Asaduzzman said he talked to all organisations including National Security Intelligence (NSI), Criminal Investigation Department (CID), and Special Branch, Bangladesh Bank to discuss this issue.
He assured journalists that he would sit again with them to find out more about the issue and take action accordingly.
"Your reputation has been undermined. You are in pain," the minister said, adding, "It has to be ensured that such incident does not occur again."
Asked about BTRC closing online TV channels, the information minister said regulatory bodies must be very careful about who they allocate domains to.
Mahmud said his ministry only gives registration to IPTVs, but they get domain allocations from the BTRC. "The question is how they got the domain allocations. I think one has to be very careful from now on before allocating a domain."
He said there would be a tripartite meeting of Information, Posts and Telecommunications and the ICT ministries on Wednesday to discuss the matter.