Anti-Corruption Commission chairman Iqbal Mahmood on Sunday said that corruption was taking place in the country on a massive scale but they and other stakeholders failed to prevent it.
‘This is true that corruption is taking place in the country on a massive scale and we [ACC] and other stakeholders are responsible for it,’ he said at his office in reaction to the latest Corruption Perception Index of Transparency International.
He also said that it was not possible for them to fight corruption at the pace it was taking place across the country.
He said that there was no scope for complacency after Bangladesh improved two notches and ranked 17th among the most corrupt countries of the world in the CPI 2017.
The CPI report, released on February 22, showed that Bangladesh moved two steps up in 2017.
Replying to a question on BASIC Bank scam, Iqbal said that the commission would not submit charge sheets in the cases filed in this link before detecting the destination of the embezzled money.
He admitted that the commission failed to complete the investigations of the cases in time and claimed that it was impossible to end immediately as the money was embezzled in different layers.
He said that the commission so far filed 61 cases and some other cases were
in pipeline over the state-run commercial bank’s scam.
He also said that the commission was not working to implement any political agenda as he thought that the political parties had enough willingness to prevent corruption.
‘All the parties in their polls manifestos and constitutions give priority against corruption,’ he said, adding that the government was also talking against corruption in both indoor and outdoor meetings.
He denied the allegation that the ACC was dealing more cases against opposition leaders and said that a good number of ruling party people were also under ACC scanner.
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