The High Court has directed the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to investigate the allegations of irregularities against Janata Bank in lending within six months and if the allegations are found to be true, take legal action against the officials concerned.
After the final hearing of a writ made a century ago, Justice Md. The High Court bench consisting of Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Kazi Ibadat Hossain passed the verdict on Thursday.
On November 22, 2012, a report was published in a daily titled ‘Durniti Akhara Janata Bank / No Loans Without Bribery’. It says, “Janata Bank has given billions of rupees of loans in the name of various unreputable institutions in exchange of bribes.” The situation has reached such a level that even the renowned businessmen of the country are not getting the necessary loans from this bank without bribery.
The writ was filed in November of the same year on behalf of Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh, adding that published report. On December 2, 2012, the High Court gave an order along with the preliminary hearing of the writ. The verdict was delivered today after the final hearing on the rule.
Senior advocate Manzil Morsed, assisted by advocate Sanjay Mondal, appeared for the writ in the court. Lawyer AKM Fazlul Haque was in the hearing for the ACC.
Later, lawyer Manzil Morsed told Prothom Alo that ACC can, if necessary, interrogate any person related to the bank and subpoena documents to investigate the complaints against Janata Bank. After the investigation, the ACC Chairman has been directed to submit the report in the form of an affidavit to the court through the Registrar General of the Supreme Court.
According to the prothomalo