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Bangladesh ACC Chairman for Tough Stand against Corruptions


Chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission Ghulam Rahman has said the graft watchdog which, not long ago, used to send a chill down the spine of the corrupt has now been reduced to a toothless tigers.

Addressing a press briefing yesterday at the ACC office in the city, the anti-graft body chief said the tiger still had its claws. "Although", he added, "efforts are there to destroy the claws too."
He favoured reforms in the ACC, but said that he would resist any attempt to curb the independence of the ACC in the name of reforms.

Rahman, who succeeded Gen (retd) Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury as ACC chief also said that corruption could not be curbed due to weakness in the judicial system.
"If the judicial system is not reformed, it will not be possible to wipe out corruption," the ACC chief told the press briefing.Underscoring the need for reforming the ACC, he said that the present government, which assumed power pledging to curb corruption had initiated the process of the reform.

Existing rules say that ACC can have the access to any information of the government for its investigation but the committee's recommendations restricts ACC to have such information, he added.
Narrating different types of corruption in the country, he said that high level corruption was being conducted under the political shelter.

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