ACC needs govt nod to sue officials

Ignoring all criticisms and even recommendations of its own committee, parliament today passed a bill introducing a controversial provision making it mandatory for the ACC to take government permission before filing graft cases against government officials.

More than two and a half years ago, the government placed the bill in parliament proposing some changes in the ACC law including the proposal for introduction of the controversial provision.

At the fag end of its tenure, the government has introduced the provision ahead of the next parliamentary election.

The proposal to introduce the provision drew widespread criticism after it was made in February 2011.

Apart from the ACC, different non-government organisations and individuals working for good governance and various donor agencies and countries expressed concern over the proposed changes.

Amid such a situation, Finance Minister AMA Muhith also sent a letter to the parliamentary standing committee on law, justice and parliamentary affairs ministry which was scrutinising the bill opposing the controversial provision.

The finance minister in his letter requested not to curtail the power of the anti-graft body to sue the government officials.

The parliamentary body itself was against curtailing the ACC’s power and had recommended in September this year that the House reject the controversial provision.

Source: The Daily Star