The functioning of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of Bangladesh is moving at a snail’s pace for lack of rules and adequate manpower although all eyes are now fixed on this constitutional body in view of the on-going anti-graft drive. 

According to sources, the commission could not take legal action against the corruption suspects till date as the interim government has not given the commission necessary rules to deal with the present situation. 

Although the ACC prepared a list of fifty corruption suspects and lodged cases against a few of them, it faces frequent administrative barriers and serious legal difficulties for lack of specific and necessary regulations. 

Soon after the expiry of the date for submitting the wealth statements of the corruption suspects during the stipulated 72-hour time frame that ended on February 18, the ACC sent letters to the home and law ministries with a recommendation to confiscate the movable and immovable properties and assets of the corruption suspects. 

But the decision of the government regarding this issue and about the 15 who had not submitted their wealth statements is yet to come. 

Although the ACC’s rules under the Emergency Ordinance 2007 have been included in the ACC Act 2004, the commission is failing to move properly due to some legal barriers. 

The commission shall be able to function independently if the rules and organogram of ACC are set, official said. 

Country director of Asian Development Bank Hua Du called on the ACC chairman lieutenant general (retd) Hasan Mashud Chowdhury at his office recently. 

They discussed the on going reforms, said ACC sources. 

Meanwhile, the ACC has lodged a case against T & T CBA leader Mohammad Feroz Mia, one of the 50 corruption suspects, with Ramna police station for submitting a false wealth statement. 

The preliminary investigation of the ACC found that the valuables and wealth worth about Tk 1.45 crore were not mentioned in the wealth statement earlier submitted to the commission office. 


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