Bangladesh Bank governor Atiur Rahman finally resigned on Tuesday following controversy over the cyber heist of US$100 million from the central bank’s account with New York’s Federal Reserve Bank.
He tendered his resignation after meeting prime minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban in the morning.
Atiur faced criticism not only for the hacking but more so for keeping the government machinery, including the finance minister, in the dark about the incident.
The demand for his resignation came from political quarters including the ruling Awami League. He tried to meet the prime minister immediately after his return from India on Monday.
However, before his meeting with the prime minister on Tuesday, Atiur expressed his readiness to quit his post.
“If it is good for the country, I am ready to resign. I am waiting for the prime minister’s signal,” he told newsmen before he finally tendered his resignation.
Atiur also tried to defend his stance of not informing the finance minister about the cyber robbery, saying he did not want to create panic in the banking sector by making the news public.
He mentioned that he called on the finance minister at the latter’s residence on Monday night. AMA Muhith told him that the central bank would run smoothly should he quit.
Meanwhile, the finance minister cancelled his press conference scheduled to be held on the day to detail the matter of the BB money heist.