ACC to clamp down on graft suspects
The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) of the country vowed to clamp down on corrupt people who are prone to commit corruption.
The anti-graft body Chairman Iqbal Mahmood, in his first public appearance this year said the ACC will be harsher than previous year. He warned that more punitive actions will be taken against graft suspects this year aiming to effectively fight corruption in the country.
Iqbal Mahmood was speaking at a press conference on Wednesday at its head office at Segunbagicha in the capital.
Replaying a question he said, "Complain against corruption is the main thing to us, we are not bothered whether a person is a cadre or non-cadre," the ACC chief said.
"Anti-corruption issues should be inclusive. We want to minimise corruption involving general people our action will be
harsher this year," he said adding that "We will specially monitor the offices of different departments".
Iqbal Mahmood said the commission is set to strengthen the trap system this year to catch bribe-takers at offices believed to be the most corrupted organizations.
"Stop taking bribes, otherwise wait for tough action," the ACC chairman said sounding a note of warning to bribe takers at a press conference unveiling the commission's last year activities and this year's action plan.
He said the anti-graft watchdog caught red-handed 13 people while giving and taking bribes in 2016, he said adding that in 2017 the number will rise as the ACC has boosted its monitoring in this regard.
A total of 12568 allegations were submitted to the lone anti-graft body. Of those, 1,543 allegations have been taken into consideration for inquiry while 543 allegations have been forwarded to the concerned offices to take administrative measures, he said.
Talking about graft cases, he said, "A total of 339 graft cases were lodged while charge sheets in 528 cases have been placed before the courts in 2016."
The ACC chairman said there is no alternative to ensuring good governance aiming to achieve sustainable development goals (SDGs) and that is why the ACC is working sincerely to ensure governance through combating and prevention of corruption.
He said the Commission wants to spread global good practices many countries follow to prevent corruption across the country, so it is working to sign memorandum of understandings (MoUs) with Indonesia, India, the USA, Singapore, Hong Kong, Russia and Austria.
About the future work plan of the Commission, Iqbal Mamood said surveillance will be strengthened on corruption-prone public agencies in 2017 and some innovative measures will be taken to upgrade database of the Commission.
"Meanwhile, the Asian Development Bank has provided US$ 5 lakh to the ACC to prepare a digital database," he said.
He said a hotline - number 106 - will be introduced in 2017, which will be toll free, and people will be able to place their complaints dialing this number from all phone operators.
The ACC chief informed that the prosecution unit of the Commission will be strengthened hiring skilled lawyers and an intelligence unit will be formed in it to strengthen anti-corruption drives.
ACC commissioner Dr Md Nasiruddin Ahmed and its secretary Abu M Mustafa Kamal were present at the press briefing.