ACC flouts legal time frame for completing probes

The Anti-Corruption Commission has developed the practice of flouting the 30-day time-frame laid in the law to complete inquiries into corruption allegations as well as completing the investigations in 180 days.

A set of fresh rules drafted by the commission to extend the time-frame to 45 days to complete the inquiries is now pending with the Cabinet Division, officials said.

The law ministry already vetted the new rules for the delayed completion of the inquiries.

On May 12, 2019,  responding to a commission appeal, the Appellate Division  ruled that the 180-day time-frame for completing investigations was not ‘mandatory’.

The Appellate Division also scrapped the High Court Division’s February 15, 2018 verdict that had made it mandatory to complete investigations in 180 days and quashed trial proceedings of a corruption cases following the ACC’s failure to complete the investigation within the stipulated time-frame.     

The case against contractor Shafiqul Alam from Cox’s Bazaar was pending with the

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