Dhaka – The High Court (HC) on Wednesday expressed grave concern over the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) for being sluggish and raised a question for not arresting any of beneficiaries of the Basic bank loan scam.“Thousand of crores of money has been taken from the Basic Bank. But none of the beneficiaries is yet to arrest by the Anti-Corruption Commission. Why the ACC did not mention the name of all offenders including former BASIC Bank chairman Sheikh Abdul Hye Bacchu and its board members in the cases filed over the Basic Bank loan scam,” the HC bench comprising Justice M Enayetur Rahman and Justice Shohidul Karim wanted to know from the ACC counsel Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan during the hearing of three bail petitions filed by Md Salim, who was GM of Internal Credit Division of the Basic Bank during the loan scam.
However, the HC bench granted bail for Salim in three loan scam cases.
The HC bench also observed that it was seen that the ACC did not apply the law equally to all.
Earlier on July 26, the same bench of the HC directed the ACC to probe the alleged involvement of former BASIC Bank chairman Sheikh Abdul Hye Bacchu and its board members in connection with the loan scam cases.
According to a Bangladesh Bank enquiry, about Tk 4,500 crore was syphoned out of BASIC Bank between 2009 and 2013 when Bacchus
chaired the board of the bank.
During yesterday’s hearing, the HC bench told the ACC counsel that the ACC should have arrested all the offenders and the beneficiaries, who were involved in the Basic Bank loan scam, in the meantime.
“If your commission (ACC) would have seen our previous observations, it should have arrested all offenders just a day of the court observation who were involved in the Basic Bank loan scam,” the HC bench said.
The ACC had filed many cases in September 2015 accusing a number of bank officials and two dozen borrowing firms. But, it did not file any case against the then BASIC Bank chairman Sheikh Abdul Hye Bacchu and its board members, the HC bench observed.
The HC bench also wanted to know from the commission counsel the reason of delaying investigation process of the commission as the commission did not complete the investigation of the Basic Bank loan scam case even after completion of more than two years since the filing of the cases. – Staff Reporter