No officer has yet been assigned the case
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has announced that it will investigate the case filed by Barrister Nazmul Huda against former chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha under the Anti-Corruption Act.
The statement was made to reporters by ACC Chairman Iqbal Mahmood on Wednesday morning. Iqbal also said although the case file had arrived at the organization’s headquarters, no officer had yet been assigned to it.
“We will assign an officer soon, and that individual will handle the matter” he said.
Reporters then asked him if the ACC had the right to investigate the case, as although Huda had alleged that Sinha asked him for a bribe, no money had actually been exchanged. “We have received the case file for a reason. If there was no provision under the law for us to handle the case, we would not have received it,” Iqbal added.
The ACC chief also said: “Our country has laws for everything. Interrogation comes much later, and only if the investigating officer deems it necessary. It is not a mandatory process.”
On September 27, Barrister Nazmul Huda filed a case against former chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, accusing him of corruption and abuse of power.
Huda, who heads the Bangladesh Nationalist Alliance, filed the case at the Shahbagh police station, stating that Sinha demanded Tk3.25 crore from him in 2017.