The Banking Division has directed the Agrani Bank board to open a functional audit to find out whether irregularities were committed in granting loans to four companies.
The move comes as there are allegations that the bank pandered to misdeeds in disbursing loans to Sun Moon Group, Tanaka Tradecom International, Jaj Bhuiyan Group and BTL Group.
This is the third time that the Banking Division has called for an audit into a state bank.
Agrani Bank will appoint two chartered accountancy firms for the audit. Previously, chartered accountancy firms were appointed in the scam-hit Sonali and BASIC banks for functional audits.
The Banking Division has instructed Agrani to appoint SF Ahmed & Co and MABS & J Partners for the functional audit. They have also been asked to submit their reports in two months.
Contacted, Agrani Bank Chairman Zaid Bakht confirmed that they have received such a directive and will soon appoint the two audit firms.
The BB also served notice on Agrani Bank Managing Director Syed Abdul Hamid last month, seeking explanations from him under the banking companies act for nine counts of irregularities.