Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)- The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has formed six committees to probe the alleged irregularities by six brokerage firms the operations of which were suspended for one month by it earlier, officials said.

However, the securities regulator has granted permission to the NCC Bank Securities, one of the six brokerage firms, to resume trading. But the investigation will be go on as usual to detect irregularities, if there is any, they added.

Each of the committees comprising two SEC officials will look into the aggressive share-selling by Al-Arafah Islami Bank Ltd, Dhaka Bank Ltd, NCC Bank Ltd, PFI Securities Ltd, Alliance Securities and Management Ltd, and IIDFC Securities Ltd.

The committees have been asked to submit their reports by February 2 this year, a  SEC senior official confirmed.

He also said the brokerage house of NCC Bank can now trade shares. But the probe of the allegation against the company will be conducted and, if any wrongdoing is found, it will be punished.

Except the NCC Bank, other five firms had filed writ petitions with the High Court but the court rejected the petitions.

BBN/SI/AD-27Jan11-10:27 am (BST)