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ACC starts examining FF certificates of its 9 officials

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DudukStaff reporter
The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has launched a fresh move to examine the FF certificates of its nine officials, including a director general on completion of a probe against six senior government officials who managed freedom fighter (FF) certificates without fulfilling the requirements.
“The Commission at its monthly meeting on Tuesday decided to launch a probe to examine the FF certificates of its nine officials to know how they managed the FF certificates,” ACC commissioner M Shahabuddin told.
ACC chairman M Badiuzzaman and its two commissioners M Shahabuddin and Dr Nasir Uddin Ahmed were present at the meeting.
The Commission has already formed a two-member probe team, led by its deputy director Zulfikar Ali, to conduct an inquiry against the ACC officials who are enjoying benefits as freedom fighters.
The probe will be launched soon against ACC director general (legal) Kamrul Hasan Mollah, its directors Golam Yahiya and Aziz Bhuiyan, deputy directors Dali Abdus Samad and SM Golam Mowla Siddique, former deputy director Ranjan Kumar Majumder, assistant inspector Abdus Sobhan, and court assistants Nurul Islam and Ishaque Fakir.
Official sources said ACC director general (legal) Kamrul Hasan Mollah and directors Golam Yahiya have managed FF certificates showing false documents. Golam Yahiya has already got a one-year job extension as a freedom fighter showing his FF certificate.
Earlier, the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs announced a circular asking the authorities of all ministries, directorates, departments and other government bodies to identity the freedom fighters who are in government service and send the list of ‘fake freedom fighters’ to the Public Administration Ministry.
ACC commissioner M Shahabuddin said the ACC received a latter from the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs one month back and took the issue seriously.
“On ethical point view, the ACC as an anti-graft body has the responsibility to assess the FF certificates of its own officials to know how they’ve managed the certificates. We placed the issue at the monthly meeting of the commission and decided to launch a probe in this regard,” he said.
The Commission suspects that the ACC officials might have arranged the ‘fake certificates or bypassing the due process of taking FF certificates’, the ACC commissioner said the probe will be carried out following the ACC’s regular inquiry process.
“Nobody will get exemption from the probe, no matter whether he or she is the director general or commissioner,” Shahabuddin said.
He said the ACC officials who are going to face the probe did not mention themselves as the freedom fighters when they had joined their jobs.
On September 14, 2014, the government cancelled the FF certificates of five top bureaucrats after ACC’s probe found they had obtained the certificates without properly fulfilling the conditions.
Among them, three are secretaries, one joint secretary and another is the chairman of the Privatisation Commission.
They are Health secretary Niaz Uddin Mia, Public Service Commission secretary AKM Amir Hossain, former Liberation War Affairs secretary KH Masud Siddiqui (now an officer on special duty-OSD), former joint secretary of Liberation War Affairs ministry Abul Kashem Talukder (currently an OSD) and Privatisation Commission chairman and former PMO secretary Molla Waheeduzzaman.