Graft over Relief, Health Sector

Tougher action against the corrupt: ACC Chief

Staff Correspondent

11 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Iqbal Mahmood on Friday said the commission will take ‘tougher’ action against the identified corrupt people involved with graft in the relief and health sectors.

“Although the ACC has slowed down its regular activities due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it will be tougher against the corruption regarding health sector and relief distribution,” he said.

The ACC chief made the remarks while addressing a virtual meeting of the full commission on the commission’s one-year strategic action plan and implementation report of 2019.

The meeting informed that the anti-graft body is continuing its regular activities amid the Covid-19 pandemic of the country. A total of 18 officers of the commission have so far been infected with the deadly virus, and two of them died.

In his speech, Iqbal Mahmood expressed satisfaction over the activities of the commission’s money laundering department.

The offenders were convicted in 11 money laundering cases in 2019 while the conviction rate also 100 percent in 2018 in such cases, he said.

Besides, the ACC chairman directed the officials to take necessary steps to recover the laundered money through filing cases against the ‘smugglers’ as soon as possible to stop money laundering.

“There should be a close coordination between Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU), Criminal Investigation Department (CID), National Board of Revenue and other agencies to tackle the money laundering cases,” he said.

Among others, ACC Commissioner Md Mozammel Haque Khan, AFM Aminul Islam and its Secretary Md Delwar Bakth also spoke at the programme with Iqbla Mahmood in the chair.