The Anti-Corruption Commission of Bangladesh has issued show-cause notices asking its lawyer and investigation officer to explain why action would not be taken against them over the High Court Division quashing the proceedings in a corruption case due to their negligence.
On Thursday, the ACC issued the show cause notices on Mohammad Safiullah deputy assistant director at ACC’s Chittagong office and its lawyer AKM Alamgir Parvez Bhuiyan, who is also an assistant attorney general.
On May 12, 2015, the ACC filed a case against Shafiul Alam accusing him of withdrawing Tk 2.30 lakh against false bills and vouchers relating to three projects at Ukhia, Cox’s Bazaar, though no work had been done at all.
The case was pending with the Chittagong Divisional Special Judges’ Court for trial.
ACC director-general for legal and prosecution Moyeedul Islam told New Age that on
Thursday the commission issued the show cause notices on both after seeing the HC verdict.
He said that the ACC would appeal against the verdict the High Court Division delivered on February 15, in which the proceedings against Shafiul Alam was quashed as the ACC’s investigation officer failed to complete the probes against him within the stipulated 180 days.
In the verdict, the High Court also directed the ACC to take departmental action against investigation officer Safiullah for submitting the charge sheet flouting Section 20A of the ACC Act which set the timeframe of completing an investigation in 180 days.
The verdict pointed out that Safiullah took more than one year to submit the charge sheet.
The High Court’s verdict said that the ACC lawyer Alamgir Parvez opposed the rule but could not show the grounds.
Alamgir Parvez told New Age on Thursday that the ACC asked him to submit written explanation.
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