Vol. 5 Num 986 Fri. March 09, 2007  

More arrests
Legal process should get under way
The arrests of a number of powerful individuals in the latest phase of the government's crackdown on corruption is indicative of its determination to get to the bottom of the malaise afflicting the country. The erosion of morals that has occurred in the recent past is a fact that surely must be dealt with sternly by the authorities. So far, the caretaker administration has sent out all the right signals about the paramount national need to combat corruption through bringing its perpetrators, high as well as low, to justice. The current drive may in so many words be referred to as a reflection of the national will so very necessary to purge society of the evils that have marred its onward progress.

The detention of such individuals as Tarique Rahman, Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain and ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury demonstrates the truth that in Bangladesh today, no seemingly powerful individual is immune to the rule of law, particularly if there are allegations of wrongdoing pending against him or her. The concerted action taken by the joint forces on Wednesday night was therefore only to be expected. It had never been a matter of not if but one of when some more powerful people would be hauled up before the law and expected to answer to the charges laid at their door. In a sense, therefore, the government's action re-emphasises its tenacity about tackling those who have or may have contributed to the political and social mess we as a nation have been going through in recent times. What has patently been happening in the matter of the detention of important individuals is that there is today a full-scale drive against those who are perceived to have abused power. As a matter of fact, the moves against corruption ought to be seen, for all the right reasons, as a purposeful drive to roll back the abuse and misuse of power we have had the misfortune to experience thus far.

The country expects the drive against corruption to go on, largely because its sights are today focused on general elections that will no more be hostage to or dependent on the attitudes which have given politics a bad name. At the same time, it will look forward, now that a good number of individuals have been netted as part of the anti-corruption drive, to an initiation of legal proceedings that will uphold the highest standards of justice. In other words, the trials of those detained should commence reasonably soon as a first step towards enabling the country to move on.