Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 05:09:13 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Commentary

ACC’s purpose is to fight public corruption and not private offences

By MAINUL HOSEIN
15th-Jun-2014       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

The members of the Anti-Corruption Commission will have to uphold the true spirit and purpose of the Commission and maintain strict discipline in its administration so that the public purpose of preventing corruption must begin with fighting corruption in the government. The purpose of a high-powered Independent Anti-Corruption Commission cannot be for investigating ordinary corruption allegations. Such a course will only be helpful for maneuvering the Commission to harass people who speak against the ministers and other high-ups in the government accusing them of plundering people's money.In Bangladesh, the Anti-Corruption Commission has been changed making it an ineffective body for fighting corruption with public money in high public offices. It is using its extensive power to deal with corruption offences including cheating involving powerless private persons. Under the ordinary laws the ordinary government investigation agencies  are more than enough to deal with corruption cases of ordinary people.By reasonable implication corruption means corruption in public offices. What private individuals do is called stealing or cheating. In the result, the Commission is not proving much of a  check against big corruption by big ones in the government. If anything, corruption in government under political protection admittedly is more rampant than ever before.The need of an independent and powerful Anti-Corruption Commission is justified only to stop stealing of public money by those holding high public positions capable of misappropriating big public money and protecting others cooperating with them in such crimes. In Pakistan days, The Prevention of Corruption Act was passed to "punish persons in the service of the republic". After Bangladesh came into being the law was made applicable in Bangladesh the same way against people in the government.But later the law was repealed and now the Anti-Corruption Commission Act was introduced repealing The Prevention of Corruption Act with the misleading objective of preventing all corruptions by all people thereby the whole purpose of the special law and special Commission has been defeated. The all powerful Commission is not effective against big corruption with public money. Their attention has been diverted to private offences which have no connection with public affairs. The Commission's authority has been widened to include private cheating under Section 420 of the Bangladesh Penal Code. The temptation for corruption among Commission officials has increased with the increase of power over helpless private individuals.On the other hand no corruption cases against ministers and other privileged ones can be initiated without the PM's clearance.  The powerful ones in the government can now easily remain out of fear of the diminished and diffused Anti-Corruption Commission, saying so to say, let us all avail of the opportunity of doing corruption together instead of fighting corruption without personal gains. The government can rightly say: You have been given power to investigate and harass persons for private cheating also. What else you want to remain active in the name of preventing corruption?In India The Central Vigilance Commission Act 2003 was passed to provide for the constitution of a central vigilance commission to enquire or cause inquiries to be conducted into offences alleged to have been committed under the provision of The Prevention of Corruption  Act by certain categories of  public servants.We also say that to punish private "corruption" we do not need a special and Independent Anti-Corruption Commission. The ordinary laws of theft and robbery are enough. The people do not need another government body at public expense for more public harassment and more corruption with public money and property.It seems the independent Anti-Corruption Commission is independent only for the purpose of participating in corruption jointly with the government if the Commission officials so choose. Those members of the public who want to give information about public corruption in high public offices are in real danger of becoming victims of false corruption cases themselves. The sweeping power enjoyed by the Anti-Corruption Commission for investigating and prosecuting private individuals has the effect of normal criminal justice system under normal penal laws crumbling. Even simple private cheating cases have to be initiated by the Independent Anti-Corruption Commission.Nowhere no people need an Independent Anti-Corruption Commission for punishing private "corruption".

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Football »

Ronaldo '1,000 percent' with Juventus


Cristiano Ronaldo said on Saturday he is "1,000 percent committed" to staying with Juventus next season after claiming his first Serie A title.Massimiliano Allegri's side needed just one point to nail down its eighth straight league championship, which helped ease some of the pain of its shock Champions League exit ...

International »

Top Democrats leave open option of Trump impeachment after Mueller report


Reuters, Washington :Top congressional Democrats left the door open on Sunday to the impeachment of US President Donald Trump, but said they would first need to complete their own investigations into whether he obstructed justice in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe.Some party leaders have cautioned against impeachment just 18 ...

National »

PIROJPUR: Floating Watermelon Bazar at Swarupkathi Upazila has gained momentum as the district has achieved bumper production of the summer fruit. This snap was taken on Monday.


Business & Economy »

SM Jaffar, DMD of Al-Arafah Islami Bank Limited (AIBL) and Azizunnessa Huq, Executive Director of Fintech Innovations International, UAE, exchanging an agreement signing document at the Bank's head office in the city Wednesday. Under the deal, AIBL becomes a subscriber of the digital platform "TradeAssets" which will enable AIBL to enhance its capabilities in reaching out to all foreign financial institution members of the platform, directly, with a view to executing trade finance related transactions instantly. Farman R Chowdhury, CEO of the bank and senior officials from both sides were also present.


Entertainment »

Ananya Panday is binging on between breaks


Ananya Panday who is making her debut with Student Of The Year 2, is ringing high on the excitement with her recently released song, The Jawani Song. The teen sensation is a web series maniac and the testimony of the same are the series that Ananya binge watches, stealing time ...

Editorial »

The debt cycle must end


IN disaster prone Bangladesh floods, erosions and landslides are considered much more devastating as they make more people shelter-less each year. Losing everything, the affected people borrow from money lending Mahajans, micro credit institutions as well as select NGOs in money lending business at high rates of interest to rebuild ...

Editorial »

CID man held with Yaba: Virus in the antidote


A CONSTABLE of Criminal Investigation Department and one of his associates were arrested with 990 Yaba pills from Savar on Thursday evening, some newspapers reported. The arrestees are Taijuddin, a constable of CID's Uttara Zone, and his associate Mofiz Mia, said Officer-in-Charge of Detective Branch of Police in Dhaka (North). ...

Cricket »

Ton-up Kohli hails Moeen for crucial IPL win


AFP, Kolkata :Virat Kohli scored his first Indian Premier League (IPL) century of the year, then paid tribute Saturday to Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate Moeen Ali for setting up a crucial second win of the season."Moeen changed the game completely and that allowed me to play my game," said the ...

Entertainment »

Farah Khan to remake three Bollywood classics?


Bollywood filmmaker Farah Khan had recently announced that she will be collaborating with ace director, Rohit Shetty. Speculations are that the duo has decided to remake the much loved film that had megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Satte Pe Satta (1982). The film itself was a remake as well, and besides this, ...

International »

Trump rating drops 3 points to 2019 low post Mueller report


Reuters, New York  :The number of Americans who approve of President Donald Trump dropped by 3 percentage points to the lowest level of the year following the release of a special counsel report detailing Russian interference in the last U.S. presidential election, according to an exclusive Reuters/ Ipsos public opinion ...

Football »

FIFA backs English players' social media boycott over racism


AP, England :FIFA is backing a 24-hour social media boycott by professional players in England in a protest against racial abuse and revealed plans for a new global campaign to eradicate discrimination in soccer.Following a series of high-profile cases in recent weeks, the Professional Footballers' Association has gathered support from ...

International »

US President Trump declares victory on Mueller report D-Day


President Donald Trump, backed by his attorney general, declared himself fully vindicated on Thursday in the investigation into Russian election meddling and alleged collusion with his campaign - even before the American people and lawmakers see the full probe report."Game Over," Trump tweeted, using a "Game of Thrones" style montage ...

Entertainment »

Shanta Jahan in Australia for hosting


Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Shanta Jahan is a popular host of present time. Though she acts sometimes but always feels comfortable to present herself as a host to all. For the first time Shanta went to Australia to host a show. She left Dhaka at night on April 18. Today is ...

Editorial »

One is punished for another's sin!


LOCAL media reported that a day labourer was allegedly sent to jail on Wednesday for not paying electricity bill of Tk 4007, even though his house at Mochagora village in Muradnagar upazila in Cumilla district had no electrical line. On Thursday evening, Chief Judicial Magistrate granted him bail after hearing ...

Cricket »

Sri Lanka dump Chandimal, bring back Thirimanne for World Cup


AFP, Colombo :Sri Lanka Thursday dumped established stars including former captain Dinesh Chandimal to hand batsman Lahiru Thirimanne and leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay a place in their World Cup squad.Chandimal, who was one-day captain until last October, wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella, off-spinner Akila Dananjaya, openers Danushka Gunathilaka and Upul Tharanga were all ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news