ACC summons violates no rights: High Court

M Moneruzzaman | Published: 00:49, Dec 25,2020


The High Court in a full order on Thursday said that the Anti-Corruption Commission did not infringe an individual’s fundamental rights by summoning him/her over allegations of corruption.

The court said that serving a summons to an individual against whom an allegation of corruption or earning property from any unknown source of income was made falls within the purview of the law and serves the interest of justice. It also ensures transparency, the court observed.

The online bench of Justice Md Moinul Islam Chowdhury and Justice AKM Zahirul Huq on December 3 gave the observation in the order in which it declared legal an ACC notice that on October 28 asked sitting deputy attorney general Jannatul Ferdoushi Rupa to appear before it on November 5 over the allegation of facilitating bail to contractor and former Juba League leader GK Shamim.

The court said that Shamim’s bail order was later cancelled by the High Court after a prayer from the government pointed out that the accused obtained the bail by forging the bail application in which the name of the graft case accused, GK Shamim, was replaced by SM Golam Kibria. 

The court directed DAG Jannatul Ferdoushi to appear before the ACC on January 27 to give her statements over the allegation that she had accumulated illegal wealth by facilitating bails to various accused, including GK Shamim, ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan said quoting the HC order.

The court also rejected the argument made on behalf of DAG Jannatul that the ACC should take permission from her ‘appointing authority as well as other constitutional bodies’ before asking her to appear before the ACC. 

The ACC in its notice asked Jannatul to appear before the commission on November 5 but her appearance was deferred by a month by the HC on November 3 as she prayed for time until the HC disposed of her writ petition and she recovered from COVID-19.

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