Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Iqbal Mahmood yesterday bashed his officials for their failure in arresting the accused of graft cases.
“How do they [graft accused] roam around disregarding law? Each accused of the graft case must be brought before law,” he told the commission's evaluation meeting on its activities in 2018 in light of ACC's five-year Strategic Plan (2017-2021).
“ACC files cases over specific allegations of corruption. Either accused of these cases will surrender before courts or they will be arrested,” said Iqbal. “In the last two years, ACC arrested over 600 persons. But there are many accused who are still moving freely without surrendering before the court.”
Expressing frustration over the quality of ACC investigation, he said, “In the last two years, more than two thousand officers were given training. One officer was even trained for about 5-7 times.”
There are specific deadlines for enquiry and investigation but unfortunately some officials fail to meet the deadline, said the ACC chairman, adding the commission would not allow deadline failures unless there is an appropriate reason.
ACC ARRESTS CHIEF ENGINEER
An ACC team yesterday arrested chief engineer and surveyor of Department of Shipping Dr SM Nazmul Huq while he was taking bribe of Tk 5 lakh for approving the design of a ship of Syed Shipping Lines.
In a span of nine months, ACC arrested two chief engineers of the same department while they were taking kickbacks.
One Imam Hasan of Syed Shipping Lines went to Nazmul for the approval of the design of a passenger ship, but Nazmul demanded Tk 15 lakh for it, said ACC Assistant Director Abdul Wadud.
Imam then informed the matter to ACC. Then the commission, following all legal procedures, decided to catch Nazmul red-handed.
Yesterday, while the chief engineer was taking Tk 5 lakh -- the first instalment of the bribe -- from Imam at a restaurant in the capital's Segunbagicha, ACC members caught him red-handed and arrested him.
On July 18, 2017, ACC arrested his predecessor AKM Fakhrul Islam while he was taking bribe from Bengal Marine and Engineering Services. A month later, he was suspended and Nazmul was appointed to the post. Last evening, ACC filed a case against Nazmul with Ramna Model Police Station, said Wadud.