The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) recommended revoking freedom fighter (FF) certificates of five senior government officials as well as taking departmental action against them has reached the Public Administration Ministry.
“Yes, I received the Anti Corruption Commission letter seeking action against the five senior government officials on Tuesday,” Senior Public Administration Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury told on Wednesday.
On Monday, the ACC officially wrote the ministry seeking cancellation of the FF certificates of the five senior officials who arranged the recognition for themselves prior to retirement, intending to avail various benefits earmarked for those who fought to liberate Bangladesh, as well as departmental action against them for their misconduct.
Replying to a query about what steps the government will take against the five officials, the secretary said: “It’ll be not proper to comment on this matter right now as it’s an official matter. We’ll do our job according to rules.”
He, however, said the government will investigate how the five officials managed the freedom fighter certificates.
The offending officials are Trust Secretary Niaz Uddin Bhuiyan, Liberation War Affairs Secretary KH Masud Siddiqui, joint secretary Abul Quasem Talukdar, Science and Technology secretary AKM Amir Hossain and former secretary to PMO Molla Waheeduzzaman, now chairman of Privatization Commission.
The ACC letter, signed by its secretary also recommended cancellation of the gazette notification of their FF certificates.
In January 2014, the ACC launched the probe against six top officials.
ACC deputy director Zulfiker Ali recently submitted the probe report to the Commission.
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