Criminals taking bribe via mobile banking: ACC

Staff Correspondent

22 November, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Iqbal Mahmood on Thursday said that the commission is concerned as criminals are receiving bribe by using mobile banking.

“There is allegation that criminals are committing various crimes, including receiving bribe using mobile banking and it is a matter of concern to the commission.”

The ACC chief came up with the remarks while addressing a view-exchanging meeting with the executives of mobile financial services at the commission’s headquarters in the capital.

“It is important to ensure that criminals cannot do transaction of bribe or militant financing via mobile banking,” he said.

“We want to prevent money laundering and transaction of bribe via mobile banking through combined efforts of all by systematic development.”

In his speech, Iqbal Mahmood urged the mobile operators to preserve information of transaction through mobile banking and report to the reporting agency within deadline if any suspicious transactions take place.

The ACC chairman also said an official of the ACC will be appointed as focal point officer who will provide necessary information required for any inquiry.

Kamal Quadir, chief executive officer of bKash, and Abul Kashem Md Shirin, Dutch Bangla Bank managing director, assured the ACC chairman that they are preserving all the records of the mobile banking.

Besides, they assured the ACC chief that they will provide necessary information if the ACC seeks any information of the suspicious transaction regularly.

SEVP Abedur Rahman Shikder, Bangladesh Bank general manager Md Mesbahul Haque, director general Sudhangshu Shekhar Bhadra of Directorate Posts, ACC director general (Money laundering) ANM Al Firoz, director general (Training and ICT) AKM Sohel and intelligence unit director Meer Md Joynul Abedin Shibli, among others, spoke at the meeting.

Meanwhile, the ACC chairman Iqbal Mahmood also held a meeting at the same venue with the executives of courier services where he urged them to collect the proper address of the people who sending and receiving courier.