Curtailing ACC’s power to aggravate corruption in public offices

Discussion marking International Anti-Corruption Day-2013 told

The new provision requiring Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to obtain government permission before filing corruption cases against government officials will aggravate the malpractice in public offices, observed speakers at a discussion yesterday. Corrupt public officials had an instinctive fear about ACC

Seeking of Nomination by ICTBD Prosecutors

Is there any bar at all?

THE seeking of nomination by four Prosecutors of the International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTBD) from Awami League for the upcoming general election has raised questions from different corners as to the legality of their seeking nomination from the ruling party

Editorial

Tackling graft not prioritised

Scams to blame for poor rating

BANGLADESH has not fared particularly well in the latest edition of ‘Corruption Perception Index’ published by Transparency International. With a score of 27, it now stands as the second worst performer in South Asia trailing all other countries in the

Bangladesh in CPI 2013

Bangladesh in CPI 2013

THE Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2013 was released by Transparency International (TI) on December 3. On a scale of 0-100, Bangladesh has scored 27, just one point higher than in 2012 and the same as in 2011, and has been

Why govt employees’ privilege not illegal: HC

Why govt employees’ privilege not illegal: HC

The High Court today asked the government to explain in four weeks why the amended provision of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) law that curtails the anti-graft body’s power to file graft cases against any government official should not be declared

Bringing Graft Charges against Public Officials

Legal notice served on authorities for scrapping of mandatory government permission for ACC

A Supreme Court lawyer yesterday served a legal notice on the authorities concerned seeking cancellation of a law provision, in 24 hours, that prevents the Anti-Corruption Commission from filing graft charges against public officials without government permission. Eunus Ali Akond

Legal notice served over new ACC law provision

Legal notice served over new ACC law provision

A Supreme Court lawyer today served a legal notice on the authorities concerned to take steps in 24 hours to scrap a provision that curtailed the Anti-Corruption Commission’s authority to file graft charges against the government officials on its own.

ACC to challenge Tarique verdict

ACC to challenge Tarique verdict

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will challenge a lower court verdict that acquitted BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman of a money laundering case, ACC Secretary Faizur Rahman Chowdhury said today. The anti-graft body will file the appeal after reviewing the copy

Making ACC Toothless

TIB urges president not to approve bill

Transparency International Bangladesh has appealed to the president not to consent to a bill passed recently introducing a provision that makes it mandatory for the Anti-Corruption Commission to take government’s permission before filing cases against public officials. It also requested

Unconstitutional, discriminatory, self-defeating
Anti-corruption Commission (Amendment) Bill

Unconstitutional, discriminatory, self-defeating

NO words can be sufficiently critical of the amended Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) Bill 2013. To say the least, the substance and process of the move is unconstitutional, discriminatory, deceitful, self-defeating and deeply disappointing. Passed in the Parliament on November 10,

German, Japan envoys for change in ACC law

German, Japan envoys for change in ACC law

Two foreign diplomats today said they are going to urge the government to change the controversial provision in Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) law that requires ACC to take government permission before filing a graft case against any public servant. German Ambassador

ACC Cases against Public Officials

Pro-BNP lawyers want cancellation of mandatory govt permission

Pro-BNP lawyers yesterday demanded that the government immediately cancel the amended Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) law’s provision that requires the anti-graft body to take government’s permission before filing graft cases against public servants. This provision has been incorporated to protect corrupt

Aren’t all citizens equal before law?

Asks anti-graft body boss; laments special privilege for govt officials; donors worried

Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Badiuzzaman yesterday termed “unconstitutional” the newly introduced provision that requires the anti-graft body to take the government’s permission before filing graft cases against public servants. Besides, civil society members and development partners have expressed their concern over

Editorial

ACC’s remit curtailed

Can't sue public officials on its own

WE are taken aback by the legislation requiring the anti-graft body to seek permission of the government before proceeding against any public official alleged to have committed corruption. This amendment to the ACC Act has been bulldozed through a voice

ACC toothless

Anti-graft body can no longer sue govt officials on its own

Ignoring all criticism, and recommendations of a parliamentary committee, the House yesterday passed a bill introducing a controversial provision that requires the ACC to take the government’s permission before filing graft cases against public officials. More than two and half

Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir and his Indian counterpart Sushil Kumar Sambhajirao Shinde shake hands as they inaugurate a joint "retreat ceremony" at Benapole-Petrapole border yesterday. The ceremony, to be observed twice every day, aims at bolstering reciprocal relations between Border Guard Bangladesh and India's Border Security Force. Photo: Star

‘Retreat ceremony’ launched at Benapole-Petrapole border

Aimed at developing reciprocal relations, Bangladesh and India launched a joint “retreat ceremony” at Benapole-Petrapole border yesterday. During the ceremony, to be observed at sunrise and just before sunset each day, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Border Security Force will

Tk 1,174cr Scam

ACC sues 53 Bismillah Group officials, bankers

The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday filed 12 cases against 53 top officials of five banks and the controversial terry towel maker Bismillah Group for misappropriation of Tk 1,174.46 crore. Thirteen of the accused are proprietors and top officials of Bismillah Group

Editorial

National Service Programme

A good idea gone awry

THE National Service Programme is a classic example of how a very good concept can be scuttled by political interference, bad management and corrupt practices. The programme, a pilot project, which stemmed from the idea of providing youth with viable

Hall-Mark chair, 24 others charged

ACC finds no evidence of Sonali Bank directors' role in Tk 2,600cr loan scam

The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday pressed charges against 25 people for swindling over Tk 2,600 crore out of Sonali Bank. The accused include Hall-Mark Chairman Jasmine Islam, its Managing Director Tanvir Mahmud and former managing director of Sonali Bank, Humayun Kabir,

ACC submits charge sheet against 25
HALL-MARK, SONALI BANK SCAM

ACC submits charge sheet against 25

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) probing the Hall-Mark and Sonali Bank loan scam cases on Monday submitted a charge sheet accusing 25 persons, including Hall-Mark bosses, Sonali Bank senior officials and a union parishad chairman. All the 25 people were earlier

This January 16 photo shows BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia waves hand to her supporters while she appears before a Dhaka court during hearing on Zia Charitable Trust graft case.
ZIA ORPHANAGE, CHARITABLE TRUST GRAFT CASES

Hearing deferred for Khaleda’s absence

A Dhaka court on Sunday deferred until October 27 the hearing on charge framing against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and eight others in the Zia orphanage and charitable trust graft cases. Of the accused, Khaleda, her elder son and BNP’s Senior

Munir Chowdhury

Anti-graft crusader in a Milk Vita stew

Corrupt syndicate out to remove its MD

The newly appointed chief executive of corruption-ridden Milk Vita who wanted to detect and punish corrupt employees has been implicated in a rather flimsy allegation of being a Hefajat-e Islam supporter and misbehaving with a board member. Mohammad Munir Chowdhury,

ACC to send team to Canada
PADMA BRIDGE GRAFT ALLEGATION

ACC to send team to Canada

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will send a delegation to Canada in the last week of October for further investigation into the Padma bridge graft allegation. “The ACC has decided to send the team to get more information from hearing of

Abul Hasan’s name is there as suspect

Abul Hasan’s name is there as suspect

Says ACC boss on Padma bridge graft

The latest developments on the Canadian side regarding the Padma bridge graft allegation will help the investigation being conducted by the Anti-Corruption Commission in Bangladesh, its chairman said yesterday. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police on Wednesday brought bribery charges under

Cancel Hall-Mark chair’s bail

ACC appeals to HC

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed a petition with the High Court, seeking cancellation of the bail to Hall-Mark Group Chairman Jasmine Islam because she broke her bail condition. A trial court in Dhaka on August 4 granted bail to

TK 607CR GRAFT

HC rejects BTCL officials’ bail prayers

The High Court on Monday denied bail to the managing director of Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Ltd (BTCL) and three others in corruption cases. The Anti-Corruption Commission filed four separate cases with Banani Police Station on August 29 against Mohammad Kalimullah,

Hall-Mark's Tk 2,964cr Swindling

A year on, Sonali mulls litigation

Sonali Bank is finally making moves to sue the owners of Hall-Mark Group and some bankers for realising Tk 2,554 crore swindled from the bank more than a year ago. The bank’s board of directors at a meeting last week

Tk 607cr Graft

BTCL MD, 22 others sued

The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday lodged four cases against the managing director of the state-owned Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Ltd and 22 others allegedly for misappropriating over Tk 607 crore by erasing international incoming call records. The cases were filed with Banani

BTCL MD, 22 others sued for misappropriating Tk 610cr

The Anti-Corruption Commission on Thursday filed four cases against the managing director of state-owned BTCL and 22 others for misappropriating Tk 610 crore by erasing international incoming call records. ACC Deputy Director Shahidur Rahman filed the case with Banani Police

Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. Star file photo

Cheque handover a drama: Fakhrul

BNP leader Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir Wednesday termed “nothing but drama” the handing over of a dummy cheque of portion of money that the government said was laundered by Arafat Rahman Koko, the younger son of the party chairperson, Khaleda

S’pore returns Tk 7.4cr more
Money Laundered by Koko

S’pore returns Tk 7.4cr more

The Anti-Corruption Commission has brought back the remaining Tk 7.40 crore of around Tk 21 crore that the BNP chairperson’s younger son Arafat Rahman Koko and his associate siphoned off to Singapore. The ACC received the last tranche of the

ACC to sue BTCL MD, 21 others

Probe finds Tk 610cr corruption

The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday gave the go-ahead for four cases to be filed against the incumbent managing director of state-owned BTCL and 21 others in connection with stealing Tk 610 crore by erasing international incoming call records. ACC Commissioner Mohammad

Hall-Mark probe report in 7 days: ACC

Hall-Mark probe report in 7 days: ACC

The Anti-Corruption Commission’s probe body will submit reports into the Hall-Mark scam to the commission within seven days, ACC Secretary Faizur Rahman Chowdhury said on Thursday. The ACC secretary said during a monthly briefing at the commission secretariat at Segunbagicha

Editorial

The ghost of Hall-Mark lives on

Bad loans decimate state-owned banks

IT would appear that policymakers have taken no lessons from the Hall-Mark scam, which until recently had been touted as the single largest scandal in the banking sector. Yet, what we are witnessing to our utmost dismay is that far

Jasmine Islam. Star file photo
HALL-MARK SCAM

8 more petitions filed against Jasmine’s bail

The Anti-Corruption Commission on Sunday filed eight more petitions with the High Court to cancel the lower court orders that had granted bail to Hall-Mark Group Chairman Jasmine Islam in eight loan scam cases. Earlier in last week, the ACC

Jasmine Islam

Cancel Hall-Mark chairman’s bail

ACC appeals to HC

The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday appealed to the High Court to cancel a lower court order that had granted bail to Hall-Mark Group Chairman Jasmine Islam in a loan scam case. On August 4, a Dhaka court granted her bail in

Jasmine Islam

ACC seeks Hall-Mark chairman’s bail cancellation

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Tuesday appealed to the High Court seeking cancellation of a lower court order granting bail to Hall-Mark Group Chairman Jasmine Islam in a bank-loan scam case. A Dhaka court on August 4 granted bail to

Jasmine Islam
Tk 2,600cr Scam

Tk 100cr payback every month?

Hall-Mark chairman out on bail

The chairman of Hall-Mark Group, which had swindled Tk 2,600 crore out of Sonali Bank, was granted bail yesterday after she pledged to pay back the amount in monthly instalments of Tk 100 crore. Kazi Md Nazibullah Hiru, lawyer of

Ex-envoy to UAE jailed for graft

The High Court has sentenced ATM Nazimullah Chowdhury, former Bangladesh ambassador to the UAE, to three years’ imprisonment for embezzling state funds while in office. It also ordered the former diplomat to surrender before the lower court in two weeks

Arafat's Laundered Money

ACC to give Tk 1.3cr to PM’s assistant

The Anti-Corruption Commission has decided to reward prime minister’s special assistant Ferdous Ahmed Khan with Tk1.3 crore for his contribution in recovering Tk13.6 crore, which was siphoned off to Singapore by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s younger son Arafat Rahman Koko

Editorial

Another bank scam

No mercy to the culprits

TO a string of banking-related scams has been added yet another case of large scale fraudulence as divulged by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). This time a swindler, has in collusion with bank staff defrauded five commercial banks of around Tk.

5 banks swindled

Terry towel maker siphons off over Tk 1,250cr, opens businesses in Dubai

Controversial Bismillah Group, a producer of terry towel, has siphoned off around Tk 1,255 crore from five commercial banks, and its owner allegedly launched hotels and other businesses abroad with the laundered money, according to an Anti-Corruption Commission enquiry. During

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
WRIT OVER ACC BOSS' TENURE

Ghulam Rahman’s continuing office valid: HC

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

Tarique Rahman

Tarique’s arrest beyond jurisdiction: ACC

The Anti-Corruption Commission does not have the jurisdiction to arrest and bring back home BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman from abroad, a top official of the watchdog said Thursday. “The court will pass order for arrest and the home ministry

ACC sues Padma oil MD

ACC sues Padma oil MD

The Anti-Corruption Commission in Chittagong on Wednesday sued the managing director of state-run Padma Oil Company Limited in three cases on charge of appointing 88 employees illegally. ACC Deputy Director Morshed Alam filed the cases against MD Abul Khayer and

Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Mohammad Badiuzzaman speaks to the reporters at his office in the capital on Thursday. Photo: Focus Bangla

ACC free from political bias

New ACC chief says

The investigations conducted by Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) are free from any political bias, newly appointed ACC Chief Mohammad Badiuzzaman said on Thursday. “The ACC probe into the graft charges regardless of their political backgrounds,” Badiuzzaman said. He was addressing a

Freeze 260 accounts of Hall-Mark Group

Court orders over 11 cases filed by ACC

A Dhaka court yesterday ordered freezing 260 Hall-Mark Group accounts in 21 banks in connection with 11 cases filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission. Judge Md Jahirul Haque of the Senior Special Judges’ Court of Dhaka yesterday passed the order after

ACC Chairman Ghulam Rahman. Star file photo
PADMA BRIDGE GRAFT CONSPIRACY

‘WB allegation not enough to prove Abul guilty’

Outgoing ACC Chairman Ghulam Rahman has said the World Bank allegations regarding former communication minister Abul Hossain’s involvement in corruption conspiracy in the Padma bridge project do not necessarily make him guilty. In the inquiry stage, the Anti-Corruption Commission did not

Star file photo
MONEY-LAUNDERING CASE

SC clears way for Tarique, Mamun’s trial

The Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way for continuing a money-laundering case against BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman and his business partner Giasuddin Al Mamun. The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on October 26, 2009 lodged the case with Cantonment Police

WB to help build Padma indirectly

Country director tells of financing other priority projects

The World Bank will indirectly help Bangladesh in constructing the Padma bridge though it has withdrawn its fund over an allegation of corruption conspiracy, as the project is very important for the economy. “We will continue to help the government