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Bangladesh for new laws to check corruption

The anti-corruption panel will seek new laws to check the menace in the country.

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Bangladesh's chief of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) would seek new laws to check the menace in the country, having been promised full cooperation from the caretaker government.

Ex-Army Chief Lt Gen (retd) Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury takes up the new job officially on Sunday as the ACC's chairman along with commissioners — former district judge M Habibur Rahman and former National Board of Revenue member Abul Hasan Manjur Mannan.

Media reports said on Saturday that Chowdhury, who resigned as one of the advisors to the previous caretaker government headed by President Iajuddin Ahmed, has been promised full support to deal with the menace without any hindrance.

Chowdhury is to submit his wealth statement after taking charge.

There's already a broad consensus of opinion about making some major amendments to the Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2004.

Some other laws that have provisions pertaining to graft would also be reviewed and if needed amended.

"They will also propose that the government introduce some laws necessary for the commission to be tough on everyone irrespective of position, status or political affiliation," sources close to the newly appointed chairman was quoted as saying by a Dhaka daily.

Formed in November 2004 with a chairman and two commissioners, the ACC has failed to be effective.

Chowdhury's reputation for discipline, Habibur's experience in the judiciary and Manjur's in tax administration were among the considerations for their appointments, the Daily Star said on Saturday.

First Published: Feb 24, 2007 17:17 IST