The Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) on Thursday expressed concern at the reported initiatives by the Home Ministry to amend the Anti Corruption Act to authorise the government to withdraw so-called politically motivated graft cases.
It urged the government to abandon such self-defeating initiative which is against its own electoral pledge that made corruption
control as its top priority.
In a statement, TIB executive director Dr Iftekharuzzaman said, “While no politically motivated case is acceptable if proven to be so in the due judicial process, making a legal provision authorising the government to withdraw such cases will create opportunity for conflict of interest and withdrawal of genuine cases under partisan political consideration.”
“We consider the move to be clearly motivated by partisan consideration and conflict of interest. If it is pushed through the
legal structure and authority of the Ant Corruption Commission as well as justice system will be drastically undermined. If any
corruption case is politically motivated, it can and should be proved in the court of law through due process.”
He said there cannot be any justification of reposing such sweeping powers in the hands of the government which can only render any prospect of corruption control.
The TIB also said the amended version in the Anti Corruption Act, which is expected to strengthen the capacity of the Anti Corruption Commission, has not yet been placed in parliament, nor has it been made public.
“This raises doubt about the sincerity and capacity of the government to fulfill its election pledge. The set of draft amendments must be disclosed for public information and placed in the parliament without any further delay,” the statement said.