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TIB expresses concern over laying foundation of bridge by ACC chief

Update : 02 Feb 2014, 08:02 PM

The Transparency International Bangladesh yesterday expressed concern over laying foundation of a bridge in Lakshmipur by the Anti-Corruption Commission Chief M Bodiuzzaman and also called upon the ACC high-ups to avoid such practice to keep the image of the commission untainted.

“Inauguration of bridges and participation in political programmes by the anti-graft body chief can create conflict of interest of ACC and be a bar to smooth functioning of the anti-graft activities from an independent and impartial view,” TIB Executive Director Iftekharuzzaman said.

In a written statement, he said the anti-graft body should be aware that it was an organisation established by the government, but it was not a government one.

The ACC had to keep away from all sorts of party influences, added he.

If the ACC chief failed to stay away from conventional behavior of such traditions, which were usually made by the lawmakers or government employees, it would curb its professionalism and mar its image, he said.

Iftekharuzzaman also expressed concern over the ACC’s role in lingering the probe into wealth of former and current lawmakers.

“If the ACC can initiate inquiry against a suspected one, it can also initiate inquiry against others, following the same procedure,” TIB said.

It also called upon the ACC to initiate inquiry into the wealth of all candidates of 10th parliamentary election with professionalism.

The ACC Chief M Bodiuzzaman on February 1 laid foundation stones of two bridges in Lakshmipur district.

He also participated in a dinner organised by Lakshmipur Municipality mayor.

The ACC representatives should avoid such programmes, TIB observed, adding that the anti-graft officials should only attend programmes related to inquiry into graft allegations and anti-graft campaigns. 

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