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PM: Examine Khaleda’s finances

Update : 07 Apr 2014, 08:15 PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the ministers and high officials concerned to examine the financial situation of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

She gave instructions during an informal discussion with the cabinet members after the weekly cabinet meeting held at the secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

The BNP chief on Sunday claimed that she was not in a position to pay house rent as the National Board of Revenue (NBR) had frozen her bank accounts.

Some cabinet members urged the prime minister to allow Khaleda to draw money from those bank accounts, sources said. The prime minister neither gave her consent nor rejected the proposal, the minister said.

She, however, asked the ministers and officials concerned to examine the statement of Khaleda if there was any conspiracy or other motives, he said, adding that the decision might be taken after examining the issue.

He said Khaleda could now draw only TK50,000 a month from those accounts for her daily needs. She has to pay house rent from the amount as she stays in a rented house at Gulshan, leaving the cantonment house.

Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Hossain, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, Civil Aviation Minister Rashed Khan Menon and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam took part in the discussion.

Law Minister Anisul Haque at the discussion said: “We believe that there must have any hidden meaning behind the statement. Either they are trying to pressurise the government to release her bank accounts or trying to get assistance from their foreign aids.”

Meanwhile, the government has taken a move to make public the details about the bank accounts of Khaleda Zia.

Finance Minister AMA Muhith and Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu have been entrusted with the task of finding out all her bank accounts, examining the details and making it public soon, State Minister for Labour and Employment Mujibul Haque Chunnu confirmed.

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