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ACC chief asks officials to work for curbing graft

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Staff Reporter
Expressing the hope that recently enacted Anti Corruption Commission (Amendment) Act 2013 will be amended in the next session of Parliament, ACC chairman M Badiuzzaman on Monday asked his officials to work sincerely to curb corruption in the country.
“We met the President and also the Prime Minister…she (PM) assured us that the law will be amended in the next parliament,” he said at a discussion at the Shilpakala Academy in the city.
The ACC organised the discussion marking the International Anti Corruption Day.
Badiuzzaman said the ACC officials have no reason to be frustrated as the general people are with the Commission. “If you (ACC officials) will be frustrated, the freewheeling big fishes (corrupts) could not be stopped.”
He said the diplomats and the foreign donors have already voiced their concern over the enactment of the ACC (Amendment) Act 2003 that has weakened the ACC’s clout.
Adopting a discriminatory anti-graft law, ACC commissioner M Shahabuddin said Bangladesh has deviated from the charter of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC).
He said Bangladesh adopted the UNCAC in 2007 and after its ratification, Bangladesh have to abide by the convention. “None of the countries, which ratified the convention, can adopt any discriminatory law. But, Bangladesh deviated from its position by enacting the recent law.”
On November 10 this year, Parliament passed the ‘Anti Corruption Commission (Amendment) Bill 2013’, inserting a provision for taking prior government approval to file any corruption case against public servants, which snatched away the Commission’s power to work independently.
President Abdul Hamid assented to the bill on November 22.
In the earlier Anti Corruption Commission Act 2004, the ACC was empowered to give prior approval in filing any case against public servants.

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