Corruption cases will now be lodged at 22 combined district offices of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) instead of police stations.
A gazette notification of amended rules of Anti-Corruption Commission Act-2004 was published on Sunday giving the scope to the anti-graft body, said ACC officials.Following the amendment, if anyone files corruption allegation with any police stations, police will record it as general dairy (GD) and it will be sent to the ACC for inquiry.
Now, ACC can also file cases directly without conducting inquiry considering the merit of incident as per the amended rules of the ACC.
ACC can also issue summon seeking income tax return file and bank statement of taxpayer directly while the wealth of graft suspect can be seized or confiscated before filing cases against them.
The existing 15 days’ time period to complete inquiry by ACC investigators has extended to 45 days under the amendment of the ACC rules.
Now, the ACC will also submit charge sheet in graft cases to special judges’ court directly instead of magistrate court as per the amended rules.
ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharjee said, “Following the amendment, now the ACC will file cases at 22 combined offices over graft charges instead of police stations, but the commission’s headquarters and eight divisional offices will not record any graft cases.”Mentionable, official ACC data updated up to April this year show that among the 545 cases, trial proceedings of 285 cases, which were filed under the ACC, were stayed till April this year while the trial proceedings of 260 cases, which were filed under the defunct Bureau of Anti-Corruption (BAC), also were stayed till April this year.