Travel Ban on Graft Suspects

ACC seeks stay on HC order to enact law

Staff Correspondent

23 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Monday filed a petition seeking a stay on the High Court verdict over formulating a specific law or rule prohibiting the accused or graft suspects from leaving the country.

The anti-graft body’s lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan submitted the petition before the chamber judge of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court Justice Obaidul Hassan.

After a brief hearing, Justice Obaidul Hassan adjourned the hearing until March 28.

In the petition, the ACC said if it has to ask for permission from the special judge’s court to impose a ban on any corruption suspects or the accused leaving the country, the inquiry or investigation against him or her will be hindered.

While delivering a verdict on a writ petition, the HC on March 16 observed that a specific law or rule is required soon to impose a travel ban by the ACC on corruption suspects.

The HC said there is no specific law or rule banning people, against whom inquiries or investigations are underway over graft allegations, from leaving the country and they have the right to free movement as per the constitution.

The HC came up with the judgment after it heard a writ petition filed by a certain Ataur Rahman from Narsingdi challenging the ACC’s travel ban on him from going abroad as a probe into a graft allegation against him is underway.

The High Court declared the ACC’s travel ban illegal and allowed Ataur to go to Sweden where he lives with his family.