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'New law curbs ACC’s freedom'

Update : 11 Nov 2013, 09:06 AM

Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman M Bodiuzzaman on Monday said the new ACC law will curtail the freedom of the commission as it needs to seek permission from the government before filing cases against public servants. 

He made the statement while talking to the journalists at a press conference at the ACC headquarters this afternoon.

“A provision of the amendment to the Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2004 passed by the House on Sunday is also conflicting with the constitution and ACC law,” he said.

The anti-graft watchdog chairman said public servants would feel at ease indulging in corrupt activities because of the provision of the new law.

He alleged the recommendations, made by the parliamentary standing committee and the commission, have not been followed the law.

When asked, the ACC chairman said the commission would think about amending the provision.

The parliament on Sunday passed amendment to the Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2004 incorporating a controversial provision curtailing the commission’s authority to file cases against the public servants.

The Anti-Corruption Commission Bill 2013 that the House passed by voice vote, also forces the criminal courts to seek permission from the government before taking criminal charges into cognizance against judges, magistrates and public servants.

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