A ruling Awami League ministers on Thursday observed that the finance minister AMA Muhith and the former Bangladesh Bank (BB) governor Atiur Rahman cannot avoid the responsibly of the recent heist from BB account with Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Though they are not involved into the reserve robbery incident, they cannot avoid their responsibility by any means; the ministers came up with such statements in separate programmes.
Speaking at a programme in the city, AL advisory council member Suranjit Sengupta said finance minister AMA Muhith cannot avoid the responsibility of Bangladesh Bank reserve heist and he (Muhith) is not above the suspicion.
“When you are holding a responsible position, you must speak out responsibly and you must take the responsibility of your position. The incident of swindling of US$101 million from the BB account is not a fun. It is public money not yours, so you should take the responsibility of it,” he said.
He also castigated the finance minister for his suitable word ‘rubbish’ and said the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina does all works and our finance minister speaks English.
Suranjit, also a minister without portfolio said the incident like stock market scam, loan defaulting would not be repeat in the country if proper steps were taken into these incidents.
He also said employees of the each financial department of the country should discharge their duties properly and honestly so that such incident is not taken place here again.
Suranjit said the Sheikh Hasina government is taking necessary steps to overcome the crisis. The former finance secretary Fazle Kabir has already made new governor of the Bangladesh Bank and actions will be taken against those who were involved in the incident, he added.
Meanwhile, talking to the reporters Road, Transport and Bridges minister Obaidul Quader said the present government is felt embarrassed with the incident of Bangladesh Bank reserve heist.
The minister said as the former governor of Bangladesh Bank, Atiur Rahman cannot avoid his responsibility. “We are not telling that Atiur Rahman is involved into the incident but he cannot avoid responsibility of the reserve stealing incident,” he told the journalists while visiting the construction works of Mymensingh-Dhaka highways on Thursday morning.
Obaidul Quader, also a presidium member of AL, said the government will be tough whatever is needed, against those who were involved into the incident. – Staff Reporter