The insurer furnished an audio clip between IDRA chairman and a company executive to support claim
Delta Life Insurance Company has brought an allegation of bribery involving Tk 50 lakh against the Insurance Development Regulatory Authority Chairman M. Mosharraf Hossain pertaining to renewing the contract of its chief executive officer along with other regulatory approvals.
In a media briefing on Sunday, Chowdhury Qamrul Ahsan, executive director of Delta Life Insurance, made the claim by presenting an audio clip between Hossain and Md. Abdul Awal, an executive of the 35-year-old insurer, in which the IDRA chairman can be heard soliciting a bribe of Tk 50 lakh.
As per the written document of the company, on November 13, Hossain called Awal to his house and demanded Tk 2 crore as bribe for renewing the contract of CEO, Adeeba Rahman, and approving the actuarial basis of the insurer for 2019.
But the Delta Life employee responded in the negative.
The IDRA chairman, who was previously a senior officer at Delta Life Insurance, then brought down the amount allegedly to Tk 1 crore and later to Tk 50 lakh.
After the meeting, Awal informed the matter to the Delta Life top management, who directed him to initiate another conversation with the IDRA chairman and record it.
On November 14, Awal again met with Hossain at his residence and recorded the conversation, in which he demanded Tk 50 lakh.
If the amount is paid, Hossain would renew the CEO's contract, improve the actuarial basis and wave the fines. If not paid, he would get journalists to write against Delta Life and appoint an administrator.
A day later, after the Delta Life management did not respond to the call for the kickback, the IDRA chairman rejected the renewal of the CEO's contract.
“As we are loyal to the prime minister’s zero-tolerance policy, we did not follow the path to give illegal gratification to the IDRA chairman,” Ahsan said in the press conference on Sunday.
On November 15, the IDRA fined Delta Life Tk 5 lakh for the insurer’s failure to submit the audited report for 2019, which, according to the company, was being delayed because one of the documents called the actuarial valuation report was not approved by the regulator on time.
Then on December 7, Delta Life Insurance filed a complaint with Anti-Corruption Commission for illegal gratification sought by the IDRA chairman along with the audio clip and transcript.
“He [the IDRA chairman] is intimidating the company to impose fine under different excuses. He is even threatening that he would suspend the board of directors and appoint an administrator,” Ahsan said in the press conference on Sunday.
Hossain did not respond to calls and text messages from Dhaka Tribune for his comment on the report.
Shares of Delta Life, which has been listed since 1995, closed Sunday at Tk 72.5, down 1.5 per cent.