Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013

HC wants ACC chief’s job related documents today

The High Court yesterday directed the ACC lawyer to submit the documents before it today related to Ghulam Rahman’s joining as chairman of the anti-graft body, his remuneration and resignation from his previous job at the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (Berc).
The HC passed the order while hearing a rule that questioned the legality of Rahman’s holding the Anti-Corruption Commission chairman’s office and receiving salaries after May 1 this year.
Supreme Court lawyer Mirza Al Mahmood filed the writ petition on June 9 saying that the government had appointed Rahman on May 2, 2009 as chairman of the anti-graft body for four years, which ended on May 1 this year.
Later, the HC on June 11 issued a rule upon the ACC and the government officials concerned to explain under which authority Rahman was holding his office after May 1.
The court also asked the officials to explain why Rahman’s continuing as ACC chief after May 1 should not be declared illegal, and why he (Rahman) should not be directed to refund the money and benefits he had received since after the expiry of his tenure.
Contacted, ACC’s counsel Khurshid Alam Khan said Rahman had resigned as Berc chairman on June 23, 2009 and joined the ACC as its chief the following day. His four-year tenure should be calculated from the date on which he joined the ACC.
The court fixed today for further hearing on the rule.