ACC says it enjoys total independence

Reacting to the remarks of Transparency International Bangladesh that the Anti-Corruption Commission is independent in paper only, the commission on Wednesday said that it enjoyed total independence.

Addressing a press conference at his office, the commission secretary Mohammad Delwar Bakth told reporters that the commission did not take any decision prescribe by any quarter as it was empowered to initiate probe and approve cases on its own.

He said that number of complaints lodged with the commission was increased in the past few years and it proved that people’s confidence in the commission was increasing.

On Tuesday, Transparency International said that the commission was enjoying independence on paper only as its activities were inhibited by government desire.

When announcing the outcome of a follow-up study on Bangladesh Anti-Corruption Commission in 2018, Transparency International Bangladesh executive director Iftekharuzzaman said that the commission was not free from political influences and it failed to act neutrally when dealing with corruption.

Iftekharuzzman said that the commission had been playing a biased role and it was not an organisation that took equal measures against all.

‘We have hardly seen the commission making significant progress in big cases like that of the BASIC Bank. In order to keep its dignity intact, it must make more transparent the recruitment process of its chairman and commissioners,’ he said. (Source: New Age)

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