The Janata Bank has not revealed the names of influential officers and also did not take any action against them in the embezzlement case of stolen money amounting to Tk 1.90 crore from accounts of clients of the bank. Executive officer of the bank Rajibul Hasan was caught only for not sharing the money with the senior officials.
According to the Janata Bank source, Rajibul Hassan and two other officers withdrew the money from various accounts in 20 working days. Then, they got into conflict among themselves about sharing the stolen money. But an officer informed the matter to Dr Md Faraj Ali, general manager of the local branch of the bank.
After investigation, Faraj Ali called Rajib for interrogation on last Sunday. But he totally denied the matter. On the same day, the authority recovered Taka 15 lakh from Rajib’s personal locker with physical evidence of money withdrawal.
Later, Taka 11 crore was recovered from his Dhanmondi residence at 10 pm. The next night, bank officials searched his home for the second time and recovered another Taka 42 lakh and 90 thousand. For recovering the rest Taka 31 lakh, officials kept him confined in the bank and informed his relatives. To recover the money, the Bank authorities confiscated all of his property in the presence of his relatives. The property includes two flats in Dhanmondi and 14 kanthas of land. If he fails to pay the rest of the money within 15 days, bank threatened to take his property into auction.
“Transactions worth few million dollar was found in Rajib’s bank account. He has invested millions of taka in share market and other businesses,” an official of the local branch of Janata Bank, told the bbarta24 on condition of anonymity.
“After the recovery of the money Rajibul Hassan was detained in a room on the third floor of the bank on Monday night. The special squad of the bank's head office came for the incident,” he added.
Monday, the Janata Bank Managing Director Md Abdus salam officially informed the matter in written to Bangladesh Bank.
Dr Md Faraj Ali, general Manager of the local branch of Janata Bank, told the bbarta24 that at the end of the investigation in accordance with the recommendations of the special squad action will be taken against those who are responsible.
Motijheel Police Station Duty Officer SI Shamima Akhter said: “A case has been filed in this regard on Tuesday evening. Manager of Janata Bank Ali Akhter Siddiqui was the plaintiff.”
Motijheel Thana OC Omar Faruk told the bbarta24 that Janata Bank has filed a case. Executive Officer Rajibul Hasan is in their custody and being questioned.
As a case has been filed, legal action will be taken against him, he added.
Janata Bank Managing Director Abdus Salam said both legal and departmental action are being taken against Rajibul Hasan.
The clients of the bank are not affected as the embezzled amount belonged to the bank, he added.
Rajibul Hasan’s home district is Faridpur. Five years ago he joined the Janata Bank as a senior officer.