The High Court yesterday issued a rule asking the government to explain in four weeks why it should not be directed to take necessary steps to recover $101 million heist money, which was taken away from the Bangladesh Bank account with Federal Reserve Bank of New York.In response to a writ petition, the HC bench comprising Justice Zinat Ara and Justice AKM Zahirul Hoque came up with the rule following a writ petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer Eunus Ali Akond.
Foreign secretary, home secretary, finance secretary, governor of the Bangladesh Bank and its former governor Atiur Rahman have been made respondents to reply to the rule within four weeks.
On March 22, Eunus filed the petition with the HC seeking its directives to recover the stolen money from the central bank account with Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
On March 15, Bangladesh Bank joint director M Jubayer Bin Huda filed a case with Motijheel Police Station against unidentified people in connection with the $101 million heist from Bangladesh Bank account with the US Federal Reserve Bank.
Nishat Jahan, sub-inspector of Motijheel Police Station said that the case was filed under the Money Laundering Act, Information and Communication Technology Act and Bangladesh Penal Code.
Hackers swindled $101 million out of Bangladesh Bank from its account with US Federal Reserve Bank in New York.
The incident came to light after foreign media published news items on it on March 7.