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Maximum corruption complaints remain unattended

ACC okays only 1,710 out of 21,371 allegations for investigation in 2019
MUHAMMAD YEASIN, Dhaka
Maximum corruption complaints remain unattended

National anti-graft body the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) did not investigate maximum letters of allegations, which were sent requesting it to take action after probing allegations against corrupted people.

Although a total of 21,371 allegations were submitted to the ACC in the year 2019, the commission approved only 1,710 allegations for enquiry and it did not put forth the remaining 19,661 allegations, according to the ACC annual report published recently.

Of the total, the ACC filed 263 cases and gave charge sheets in 267 cases after conducting investigations, said the sources.

In 2018, the ACC approved only 1,265 allegations for investigations out of 16,606 allegations; in 2017, the commission took into congnisance only 937 allegations out of a whopping total of 17,983 allegations, according to data published by the commission last month.

“People sought help from the ACC to fight corruption, but it failed to reciprocate their trust,” observed Dr Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director of the Transparency International, Bangladesh (TIB), the country’s leading anti-graft watchdog.

People saw hope in their efforts to end corruption by lodging complaints with the commission. However, it has not materialised much in line with the people’s expectations, he added.

The TIB executive director also said the ACC takes action against some low-profile or mid-level officials, but not against the big shots or influential people and hence maximum complaints remain pending for results whatsoever.

It may be mentioned that the High Court (HC) on many a occasions came down heavily on the ACC for its failure to complete investigation reports, filing cases, taking actions against the corrupt quarters.  Earlier on January 28 this year, the HC wanted to know as to which steps were taken against 17 Biman Bangladesh Airlines CBA leaders, who refused to appear before the ACC in response to notices issued by the commission, asking them to appear before its office in connection with corruption allegations in 2014.

The court asked the ACC to submit a report before it on the steps taken against the 17 Collective Bargaining Agency (CBA) leaders within seven days.

The HC bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Mohi Uddin Shamim came up with the order while hearing a pending writ petition filed by the Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB) in 2014, seeking necessary order on the ACC to interrogate the CBA leaders in question.

Following the petition, the HC on February 10, 2014 issued a rule upon the ACC to explain why its inaction to quiz the CBA leaders should not be declared illegal.

The government formed the commission in 2004 by dissolving the Anti-Corruption Bureau. Justice Sultan Hossain Khan was the first ACC chairman.

The commission caught people’s attention in 2007 with a slew of cases leading to arrests of politicians and businessmen during the army-backed caretaker government. Former army chief Hassan Mashhud Chowdhury was the chairman at that time. He was later replaced by former secretary Golam Rahman in 2009 when the 14-Party Grand Alliance, led by the Awami League, came to power.

Former Secretary Iqbal Mahmood has been in charge of the ACC since 2016 when he took over from Chairman Md Badiuzzaman. However, former Senior Secretary Moinuddin Abdullah was made the new ACC Chairman on Wednesday. A gazette notification has already been published in this regard.

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