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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

‘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]

‘GATCO case is politically motivated’ May 18, 2008

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I was reading an article in Prothom Alo written by Asif Nazrul, a professor of Dhaka University, Law Department where he said that Govt took very hard stand for the trial of the corruption cases. He accused that the measures taken by the government violates the human rights. (more…)