ACC initiates own cleanup process

 DHAKA, May 5, 2018 (BSS) РThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has started collecting information about corruption and irregularities of its own officials and employees to make itself a clean organisation.

“The ACC’s intelligence wing personnel are collecting information about involvement of its officials and employees in corruption and irregularities,” ACC Chairman Iqbal Mahmood told BSS.

The intelligence wing personnel of the ACC will use all available intelligence tools to collect the information about corruption within the commission and outside of it, he said.

“None of the ACC staff will be spared if he or she is found involved in corruption”, ACC Commissioner for enquiry Dr Nasiruddin Ahmed said, noting that the intelligence wing is committed to stop internal corruption.

The monitoring and evaluation branch of the country’s lone anti-graft body is conducting short and in-depth inspection into its offices and the branches regularly to ensure transparency and accountability of its staff, he added.

A permanent Internal Corruption Prevention Committee of the ACC, headed by its chairman, is also consistently monitoring, supervising and investigating into the allegation against its staff.

The committee has also been assigned to make recommendations to take legal and departmental actions against its corrupt staff after conducting proper enquiry into the allegations.

“The intelligence wing of the ACC officially started this job in January this year after doing the necessary groundwork in the past few years,” deputy director for public relations Pranab Kumar Bhattacharjee said.

He said the intelligence wing recently collected information about one official involved in corruption.

Besides, he said, three officials of the commission were punished last year, six in 2016 and two in 2015 for their involvement in corrupt activities.

The major punishment included dismissal from services, forced retirement and demotion to lower level of salary scale while the minor punishments were withholding promotion and annual increment in salary for a certain period.