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TIB presents a framework for Anti-Corruption Commission in Bangladesh for effective measures to curb corruption, 2002

TIB presents a framework for Anti-Corruption Commission in Bangladesh for effective measures to curb corruption, 2002

Transparency International Bangladesh has put forward a proposal for constituting an independent and effective Anti-Corruption Commission in the country in order to curb corruption in the country. A working paper on the subject was formally released on 22 September on the second day of the 2-day National Integrity Workshop organized by the TIB in Dhaka. Chaired by the chairman of the TIB Board of Trustees, the workshop was attended by former Chief Adviser to the caretaker government Mr. Justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman (also former Chief Justice of Bangladesh), former Law Minister Abdul Matin Khasru, former Director General of the Bureau of Anti Corruption Badiuzzaman, former Cabinet Secretary Mujibul Haque, Member of Parliament Colonel (retired) Faruque Khan, G M Quader, politician Rashed Khan Menon, journalist Enayetullah Khan, members of the TIB Board of Trustees and its Executive Director, high ranking government officials and members of the civil society.

TIB has prepared this amended organisational structure in the light of the existing organogram of the Bureau of Anti Corruption, taking into consideration the opinions of various quarters. It dwells on the composition of the Commission, itís legislation, the process of recruiting the Chairman and Members of the Commission, the qualification and tenure of the Chairman and Members of the Commission, their salary-allowance and other facilities, status, removal, resignation, vacancy, absence, etc.

The second chapter of the working paper prepared by TIB describes the organisational structure of the Commission. It also makes prescriptions about the organisational set-up of the existing Bureau of Anti-Corruption in the light of the proposed framework. These include the operations department, case registration team, case working team, corruption investigation team, legal team, corruption prevention department, etc.,

which have been discussed elaborately.

The third chapter discusses the functions, responsibilities and legal powers of the proposed Anti Corruption Commission of Bangladesh. It describes the tasks and duties of the Commission, adjusting and recruiting manpower for the Commission, preparation of a Manual for the Commission, legal jurisdiction of the Commission, sanctioning authority, external interference in the functioning of the Commission, the power to take action against false, concocted and motivated complaints, mechanism for bearing the cost of cases, the power of examining bank accounts and taking stock of properties, arrest of the accused during submission of charge-sheet, terms of punishment for elected representatives, members of law enforcement agencies, officers of civil service of the rank of Deputy Secretary and above, complaints outside corruption, resolving difference of opinion between the Commission and the Government, required powers for bringing back money smuggled out of the country, etc