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Give names of money launderers

Minister asks opposition MPs

  • Special Correspondent
  • 28 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Give names of money launderers

Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal on Saturday urged the opposition lawmakers to provide him with a list of people who are laundering money abroad.

 “I don’t know who are siphoning off money abroad. If the opposition lawmakers know the names of the money launderers, they can provide me with a list,” he told Parliament while speaking on the Bankers’ Book Evidence Bill, 2021.

Speaking on the bill, the opposition lawmakers alleged that hundreds of millions of taka have been laundered abroad while default loan stands at over Tk 1 lakh crore.

They also urged the government to form a Banking Commission to look into the issue of money laundering.  Responding to the demand, the finance minister said, “Many are saying that money is being laundered abroad. I’m urging you to provide me with the names of those who are laundering money.”

Over the default loan, he claimed that the amount of such loan is now lower than any other time. “During the BNP regime, the default loan stood at 13.15 percent in 2006 while it is now 8.12 percent,” he said.

Earlier, main opposition Jatiya Party lawmaker Mujibul Haque Chunnu called for sending back the bill to the parliamentary standing committee concerned and taking public opinions. 

“The default loan stood at over Tk 1 lakh crore. Allegations are there that politicians and government officials siphoned off the money to Canada and other countries,” he said.

The JP lawmaker demanded that the government form a Banking Commission to look into whether the money is laundered or not.

Taking the floor, BNP lawmaker Harunur Rashid alleged that Tk several thousand crore have been looted in the names of e-commerce platforms.

“The finance minister is saying that it is not his responsibility and so does the commerce minister. Then, who is responsible?” he said.

BNP MP Mosharraf Hossain alleged that the government did not take any action against those who had looted millions of taka.

JP lawmaker Rustam Ali Farazi demanded that the government should inform the House of irregularities in the banking sector. “The House must be informed of how much money has been siphoned off,” he said.

He also demanded formation of a Banking Commission.