Update March 16, 2016

Dhaka 5-04 pm, 16-January, 2021

Governor, deputies removed to safeguard godfathers : BNP

Sumel Sarker

BNP Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi

Governor, deputies removed to safeguard godfathers : BNP

16 March 2016, Nirapad News: The government is trying to safeguard ‘the godfathers’ of the $81 million cyber-theft by removing the Bangladesh Bank governor and two of his deputies, the BNP has alleged.

It also has described the filing of a lawsuit against unidentified people more than a month after the incident as ‘mysterious’.

“Such a digital theft during the rule of a government propagating digital governance has stunned the world,” BNP Joint General Secretary Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said at a press conference on Wednesday.

“The people can easily identify the architects of the hacking. That ruling class topshots are involved in the incident is clear to the nation.

“Cases are being filed 40 days after incident, that too against unidentified people. This is very mysterious. Is the government then trying to safeguard the real culprits?”

Cyber-thieves hacked into the Bangladesh Bank system and stole $81 million of its reserves from the bank’s account with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on Feb 04.

The news was broken by a Philippines newspaper on Feb 29. Under fire for not informing the government about it, Atiur Rahman quit as the central bank governor on Tuesday. Two deputy governors of the bank were removed later that day.

Referring to this, Rizvi said, “The godfathers behind the scene cannot be saved by making the governor quit and removing the deputy governors.”

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