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`WB must work to regain trust`

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Law Minister Anisul Haq on Thursday said that there is only one remedy for the World Bank; either it will compensate or take action against the officials responsible for instigating the corruption conspiracy theory for halting Padma Bridge Project fund.
After the defeat in Padma graft case in the Canadian Court, the Minister said, the WB will have to take steps to regain trust of other countries across the globe.
He made the above remarks while talking to the newsmen after attending the inaugural ceremony of training course of joint district judges, session judges and same ranking other officials at Judicial Administration and Training Institute in the capital.
"Out of suspicion, the WB had behaved with Bangladesh in such a manner...there must be an explanation. The WB should regain trust of Bangladesh. If it does so, other countries of the world will take WB in confidence that      it takes action in case of any injustice committed by its officials," the Minister said.
Anisul Haq categorically said that the WB must seek apology to the Prime Minister and other falsely accused persons for its misdeed. 
Answering to another question, he further said: "The WB is not above the law. If anyone tarnishes other's image lodging false allegation, in that case the aggrieved person certainly can take shelter of law."
"In the meantime, the High Court has issued a rule about the issue. As the matter is now under the jurisdiction of court, so it will be good if the statement comes from the court over the matter," he said.
Clarifying the present stance of Bangladesh, Anisul Haq said: "When Bangladesh became a member of the WB, at that time the country had signed an agreement with the global money lender. So far as I remember, there was no clause in the agreement which bars a country from filing case against WB, if it cancels fund."        

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