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ACC Controversy May 10, 2010

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From Daily Star 10/5/2010

A new controversy arises regarding ACC (Anti- Corruption Commission) of Bangladesh with the comment of Mohiuddin khan Alamgir, MP and Chairman of the Public Acctts Committee of Parliament when he says that ACC should be abolished. He argued that when an organization only serve the purpose of the masters then it has no right to exit. He also urges apology from the present ACC for their wrongdoings during the last Caretaker Government.

Present ACC Chief Golam Rahman denied to apologize arguing that ACC is an institution,not an individual. It can’t apologise to anybody.

If we accept the logic of MKA, then many of the Govt and Non-Govt organizations will be needed to be abolished including the police forces. That will be an absurd thing one can imagine.

We should plea for not to abolish the ACC but to strengthen it and make it more independent and autonomous.

An ordinary citizen

Link: Breaking the ACC’s back- ANM Nurul Hoque in Daily Star

Neutered ACC-Shahedul Anam Khan in Daily Star

Anti-Corruption Commission vs Parliamentary Committee May 4, 2009

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An intriguing debate is going on in Bangladesh as Parliamentary Committee on Public Undertakings summoned past and present acting chairmen and members of the Anti-Corruption Commission(ACC) to come for hearing to the PC to clarify the deeds and accounts of ACC during the period of caretaker government.

None of the members of the ACC agreedto acccept the summon on the plea that PC has no authority on the ACC and ACC is in no way accountable to PC, it is only accountable to the President and they have submitted the Annual Report to the president already.

The chairman and members of the PC argued that Parliament is the supreme authority and everybody/ every department is accountable to the parliament. They also threated the members of ACC that not to appear before the Committee will be tentamount to the comptempt of the Parliament and which may end in jail or fine of the members.

It is not clear whether the said Parlimentary Committee has the authority over Election Commission or Supreme Court to vaify their activites and accounts as these departments are also thrive on the public money.

The experts are divided. Though the ACC is not a constitutional body by rules but it is such by spirit. In no way ACC should be accountable to a committee that is chaired by a ‘convict’. He may has own grievances to call the ACC which had drawn the proccedings for which he was found guily by the High Count and he is now under special bail and staying out of the jail. It is alleged that he may has done this out of malafide intention.

We want the ACC to be strong enough to combat the corruption in our country, to be independent to challenge and charge anybody, not to be accountable to person/s who proved guilty by the court and the members should have a dignified and honourable life.

Most of all , we want to see the ACC to be a constitutional body.

Will the controversy be referred to the Supreme Court for an ultimate decision?

An ordinry citizen

Under the debate of Govt vs ACC(bn)-Mijanur Rahman Khan

Parlimantary Committee Vs ACC-Citizen’s thoughts-(bn) Badiul Alam Majumdar

ACC-the main issue shouldn’t be bypassed(bn)- Maloy Bhoumik

ACC: complains,propaganda and few analysis(bn)- Asif Nazrul

ACC vs Parliamenetary Commisstte(bn)-Sanaullah

Resignation of Hasan Mashhud and an Independent Anti-Corruption Commission April 3, 2009

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hasan-mashhudLt General(Rt) Hasan Mashhud has resigned from the post of Chairman of Anti-Corruption Commission. He was appointed during the tenure of last Caretaker Goverment. He took up the job as a mission ‘to remove corruption from Bangladesh politics and Administration’. As a part to achieve his objectives, ACC filed charges against hundreds of politicians,some beaucrates and few businessmen. Many politicians including two Prme Ministers were arrested and put under arrest for months together but most of them came out of the jail on the verdict of the higher courts or with the change of the government.

He also tried to develop awareness against the corruption as a part of social movement for which he travelled different parts of the country and led many processions of students and of common people.

Politicians of both the major parties were critical of treatment of them by ACC during the Caretaker government.

He didn’t directly blame anybody and told in a brief press conference before his leaving the office that a new leadership is necessary for Anti-Corruption Commission in the changed environement.

The State Minister of Law Advocate Kamrul Islam has expressed satisfaction on his resignation. BNP leaders asked to inquire into the corruption of the former ACC Chairman during his tenure. Citizens’ leaders Professor Muzaffar Ahmed and Dr. Akbar Ali Khan expressed concern on his resignation.

Politicians will feel relief with the resignation of the General Mashhud. But many people will remember him as a crusader who tried to contain corruption but failed to succeed for necessary legal, political, administrative and policy support.

With the resignation of General Mashhud, the responsibility of the new goverrnment is rather increased. People want to see an independent Anti-Corruption Commissison working in Bangladesh which is equally important for this government to achieve its goal of vision 2021.

The ordinary citizens would like the government to heed the point and would take necessary steps to make the ACC independent and effective.

An ordinary citizen

Out with the lonely warrior- Daily Star
Who will be affected on Mushhud’s resignation? Motiur Rahman Prothom Alo
But the fighte still remains- Abdullah A dewan, Michigan University

Let the constitutional bodies work autonomously and independently October 23, 2008

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Bangladesh is passing through a very critical transitional phase.Apparently Caretaker Government and political parties are trying to making grounds to participate in a parliamentary election on a common consensus.

In an attempt to making a level playing field, the course of law sometimes seems to be molded to suit the plan of the negotiators. In a recent interview, Dr. Kamal Hussain, eminent lawyer & politician, commented that for a free and fair election, one must uphold the constitution and the law.

In addition to the separation of the Justice Department, the CTG also make reforms in some other constitutional bodies such as ACC, PSC. Now, what is important is to let these bodies continue to work independently now and in the coming years through the tenure of the different political parties.

A consensus is important among the political parties in these regard before the election and the dialogue among the parties better be represented by the chief of the parties.

An ordinary citizen

‘Anti-Corruption Commission is in image crisis’ September 2, 2008

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Lt General(Rt) Hasan Masud,Chairman of the Anti-corruption Commission, Bangladesh said in a discussion meeting yesterday that with the release of the high profile accused on bail from High Court created an image crisis for the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) that is fighting for a corruption free state in Bangladesh since 1/11.

But he said that the accused are gaining bail not due to weakness of the case itself rather they are getting bail through the legal process. He said by the same process they won 70-80 cases before from the Supreme Court.

He is not feeling discouaged with the fall back and ready to fight the cases in the higher court. Bail was never important to them , he added.

He hopes that they will able to establish the cases in their favour in the final judgement.

But from the political scenario, it seems that a political compromise is undergoing in Bangaldesh between the Government and the political parties. This compromise is advancing to such an stage that it seems to affect the judicial procedure.

Common people are ignorant of the developments behind the screen and an uncertainity about the judcial proceedings grip their mind.

An ordinary citizen

Post Script:

Mizanur Rahman Khan, a veteran journalist made a discourse on a case in Prothom Alo [PA]

ACC, verdicts on graft cases and future challenges July 28, 2007

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images1.jpgSpecial Tribunals have given verdicts on some graft cases put up by ACC (Anti-Corruption Commission) against the ministers, bureaucrats and others.

In these verdicts, Barrister Aminul Hoque, Ex BNP Minister along with other associates has given 31 years 6 months jail for patronizing militancy.

Mr. Ruhul Quddus Talukdar Dulu, Ex state Minister of BNP along with others has given jail for 8 years for looting and ransacking the houses, shops and bazaars.

Mr. Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir, a powerful bureaucrat who later turned to be the state Minister in AL regime has been given imprisonment for 3 years for concealing assets in his wealth statement and 10 years for amassing wealth disproportionate to his known source of income. The Judge examined the testimony of 37 prosecution witnesses, 7 defense witnesses and the records on 3 charges. 3 eminent citizens-Mr. Akbar Ali Khan, ex Secretary and ex-Adviser of the past Care Taker Government, Mr. Barakat, an Economist of Bangladesh and a DU teacher and an Economist from USA had given their testimony in favour of Mr. Alamgir. Mr Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir is also very much known to the public for his alleged involvement in anti Govt activites when he was the cabinet secretary before the fall of first BNP regime of Khaleda.

Earlier, the court jailed former State Ministers Mr. Mir Mohammad Nasiruddin and Mr. Amanullah Aman for 3 years for concealing assets and 10 years for amassing wealth beyond their known source of income. They are also fined and their properties and assets disproportionate to their known source of income were confiscated.

Barrister Aminul Hoque was tried in abstentia and he had no lawyer to plead for him and he will not get the opportunity to appeal in the higher court if he does not surrender by this time.

Lawyers of the other accused were not satisfied with the verdicts and had expressed their willingness to fight in the high court against these judgments.

With these verdicts a chill will pass through the spines of the other accused and also not yet arrested but corrupt politicians, bureaucrats and others.

But the questions are:

1) will the Government able to withstand the challenges in the high court because of appeal by the accused?

2) will the party activists try to throw a political challenge to the Government by creating a law and order situation in the country?

(an ordinary citizen)