Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013

WRIT OVER ACC BOSS' TENURE

Ghulam Rahman’s continuing office valid: HC

This June 23 photo shows Ghulam Rahman, former chairman of Anti-Corruption Commission, talks to the reporters while leaving his office in the capital. Photo: Focus Bangla

This June 23 photo shows Ghulam Rahman, former chairman of Anti-Corruption Commission, talks to the reporters while leaving his office in the capital. Photo: Focus Bangla

The High Court Thursday ruled that it was not illegal for Ghulam Rahman to continue as chief of the Anti-Corruption Commission till June 23.

The ruling came in the mode of rejection of a writ petition that challenged the validity of Rahman’s holding office after May 1.

In his writ petition filed on June 9, Mirza Al Mahmood, a Supreme Court lawyer, said that Rahman was appointed as chairman of the anti-graft watchdog for four years on May 1, 2009 and that it was illegal for him to continue after May 1 this year.

In its decision Thursday, the HC said Rahman joined the office on June 24 and that the four-year tenure would be counted from the day of his joining office.

And since Rahman did not enjoy any financial facilities after May 1 this year, it was legal for him to continue as the ACC chairman, said the HC bench of Justice Mirza Hossain Haider and Justice Md Khurshid Alam Sarkar.