Bangladesh Nationalist party (BNP) on Friday alleged that the deposits by Bangladeshis in Switzerland’s different banks marked a sharp rise as the ‘ruling party’ men are siphoning off their ill-gotten money there.
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi came up with this allegation while speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office Friday referring the reports of the Swiss National Bank which revealed that deposits by Bangladeshis in Switzerland's different banks rose further as over a thousand crore taka has been deposited there within a year.
He further said, “The ruling party men mainly siphoned off the money that they made through looting and corruption.”
Referring to Finance Minister AMA Muhith’s remark that the banking sector is in a very bad shape, the BNP leader said people believe that Awami League leaders plundered the country’s banks, and deposited the money in the Swiss banks.
He warned that those who siphoned off money abroad will be put on trial someday through a proper investigation.
Rizvi said the Finance Minister now cannot take action against the money launderers as the ruling party high ups are involved with it.
He also criticised the government for its ‘failure’ to identify those who indulged in plundering of banks and other financial institutions and mete out punishment to them.
The Swiss National Bank launched a series of annual reports titled ‘Banks in Switzerland 2016’ on Thursday revealing that deposits by Bangladeshis in Switzerland's different banks rose further as over a thousand crore taka has been deposited there within a year..