The central bank has asked the bKash authorities to suspend the activities of 2,887 agent accounts for their alleged involvement in digital hundi.
The Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU), the anti-money laundering wing of Bangladesh Bank (BB), issued the order through letter and CD to the bkash authority on Thursday night.
Copies of the letter and the CD was also sent to the Crime Investigation Department (CID) for further probe and legal actions.
The 2,887 accounts were used to receive money from foreign countries, according to a probe report of the BFIU. The transactions were made during night, it added.
The BFIU launched the probe as the remittance inflow through legal banking channel is seeing a negative trend in recent times.
Meanwhile, sources at BB said around six lakh accounts of 80,000 bKash agents would also be suspended as they are running the accounts without proper registration.
Contacted, BB Executive Director and Spokesperson Subhankar Saha told the Dhaka Tribune: “We have ordered the bKash authority to suspend some agent accounts for their irregularities.”
“Many agents are also operating more than one account breaching the guidelines for MFS (Mobile Financial Service) operation. Those accounts will also be closed. Not only bKash, but also other MFS providers will face the inspection.”