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Quader: No way to treat corruption differently

  • Published at 07:22 pm July 19th, 2019
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The Awami League general secretary said he would have to learn what the ACC chief meant by “good faith”

Apparently disapproving of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Iqbal Mahmood's comments that corruption committed in good faith is not an offence as per the law, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said they will treat corruption as corruption.

“We'll judge corruption as corruption. There's no other way to treat it,” he said while talking to reporters at Awami League president's Dhanmondi political office on Friday.

Quader, also Awami League general secretary, said he would have to learn what the ACC chief meant by “good faith”.

Talking to reporters after attending a session on the last day of the five-day Deputy Commissioners' (DC) conference at the Cabinet Division, the ACC chairman on Thursday said he had asked the DCs that the corruption committed in good faith by officers was not an offence as per the law. 

Iqbal Mahmood said: “But it must be proved that it was committed in good faith.”

About BNP's allegation that the government is creating obstacles to its organisational activities, Quader said police never created any barrier to their programs anywhere. 

“They got permission for holding rallies everywhere. This is an imaginary allegation,” he said.

About the role of the government and the ruling party to tackle the ongoing floods, Quader said party delegations went to flood-hit Jamalpur and Gaibandha on Friday and teams were also going to other affected districts.

He also said the government was sincere and taking steps to face the situation.

Replying to a query about the future of the Jatiya Party following the death of its Chairman HM Ershad, the ruling party leader said Jatiya Party was the main opposition in parliament and they had many representatives there. 

“Those who exercise time-befitting politics will survive in politics,” he said.