A delegation team of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) called on the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Iqbal Mahmood on Monday.
The seven-member delegation team, led by Mission Chief Daisaku Kihara, discussed with the ACC chief about corruption, good governance and various reform programs in financial sector.
“ACC has not withdrawn any corruption case under pressure from any group or individuals whatsoever and it will not withdraw any cases in future either,” the ACC chief told the IMF delegation.
Mentioning Bangladesh’s progress in preventing corruption, Iqbal Mahmood said: “We cannot have our expected development without ensuring good governance.”
Responding a question on money laundering the ACC chief said, the judicial court gave verdicts in eight money laundering cases filed by ACC in 2017 and the accused were sentenced in every case.
“We are now investigating money laundering by private sector officials,” he said.
Regarding transparency and accountability of government officials, ACC chairman said: “ACC cannot investigate the government officials’ performances as annual reports are kept secret.”
Iqbal Mahmood said the country’s good governance cannot be ensured without reforming the existing system.
“Most public works can never meet stipulated deadlines. It has become a tradition. We must try to change this culture.” he added.
Regarding the banking sector, the ACC chairman told the delegation that several cases have been filed over corruption in the sector.
“Several bank officials are brought under punishment. Most banks’ boards of governors are changed.”
He also said, any reform or policy should be formulated in consultation with concerned stakeholders.
When asked about increased manpower and expansion of the ACC office, he said the commission will decide on these matters in June after evaluation of its activities.
Every step and policy decision would be taken after discussion with stakeholders and cost -benefit analysis, he said.
ACC Commissioner A F M Aminul Islam, Secretary Md Shamsul Arefin, and Director General Md Jafor Iqbal were present, among others.