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HC issues rule to bring siphoned money back to Bangladesh

Published : Sunday, 28 February, 2021 at 8:05 PM  Count : 237

HC issues rule to bring siphoned money back to Bangladesh

HC issues rule to bring siphoned money back to Bangladesh

The High Court on Sunday issued a rule asking the senior government officials concerned why a directive would not be given to bring money laundered by different individuals and companies back to the country.

Fifteen persons including the Finance Secretary, Prime Minister's Principal Secretary, Attorney General, Commerce Secretary, Home Secretary, Law Secretary, Anti-Corruption Commission, Bangladesh Bank Governor and Inspector General of Police were made respondents in the writ. Reports published in local and foreign newspapers about the money siphoned off from Bangladesh were attached to the writ.

The court also asked the respondents to submit a report on what action was taken against the launderers and bring their money back to the country from Swiss and other foreign banks.

The online bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Mohiuddin Shamim issued the rule after hearing a public interest litigation writ petition filed by Supreme Court lawyers Abdul Qaiyyum Khan and Subir Nandi Das.

Deputy Attorney General AKM Aminuddin Manik and Assistant Attorney Generals Mahjabin Rabbani Dipa and Anna Khanam Koli argued on behalf of the state, while the ACC was represented by Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan.

Lawyer Subir Nandi Das said the issue of punishment of the Bangladeshi businessmen was mentioned in the writ as their names were surfaced in the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers. "The High Court also issued a rule on the matter, and asked the government why investigation would not be launched against those whose names had appeared in the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers," he said.

Supreme Court lawyers Abdul Qaiyyum Khan and Subir Nandi Das jointly filed the writ petition on February 1 last seeking the High Court directive to bring the money 'siphoned by Musa Bin Shamsher and others from Bangladesh to different foreign banks over the years.'

The petitioners also sought a rule from the High Court asking why the utter failures and inertia of the respondents to bring the laundered money back would not be declared illegal.

They also pleaded for a directive asking the respondents to form a special committee for investigating the money laundered by the Bangladeshi citizens over the years and exposing them to the public.


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