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BB summons Padma Bank MD for negligence of duty

  • Published at 06:50 pm January 5th, 2021
Md. Ehsan Khasru

Khasru went abroad without taking approval from the central bank

The Bangladesh Bank has asked Padma Bank Managing Director Md. Ehsan Khasru to explain his trip abroad without taking approval from the banking regulator.

In March last year, the BB has made it mandatory for the MDs of all banks to obtain the central bank’s approval for foreign trips.

If the MD stays abroad for long periods, his/her absence holds up official activities along with creating managerial, operational and financial risks for the bank, which is unacceptable, said the BB notice on March 23 last year.

The bank MDs were also advised to abstain from staying aboard for lengthy periods.

In case of essential visits, the MDs will have to file applications to the central bank 15 days beforehand along with the reason for the trip.

The approval of the bank board is mandatory for foreign trips.

But Khasru, who is also the chief executive officer of Padma Bank, has failed to take the permission of the BB before flying to Canada.

Subsequently, on December 22 the central bank issued a letter to Khasru asking him to explain his negligence within January 7.

“This kind of negligence is a big obstacle in establishing good governance of the bank,” said the central bank letter, which Dhaka Tribune has a copy of.

Khasru could not be reached for comment.

Padma Bank officials said Khasru has taken leave from the board before taking off for personal reasons, but the application reached the BB belatedly.

Khasru will report to duty on January 11.

Contacted, BB declined to comment further on the matter.

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