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Corruption

All Padma bridge graft accused acquitted

All Padma bridge graft accused acquitted

A Dhaka court today acquitted all the seven government officials including former bridges division secretary Mosharraf Hossain who were accused of corruption in the Padma bridge project, 53 days after Anti-Corruption Commission cleared them of the graft charges. Acting on the final report placed by the ACC, Judge MD Zahirul Haque of the Senior...

Graft allegation: NBR suspends commissioner Hafizur

Graft allegation: NBR suspends commissioner Hafizur

National Board of Revenue (NBR) has suspended commissioner M Hafizur Rahman on corruption charges. NBR issued an order in this regard today. The Anti-Corruption Commission filed a case against Hafizur for allegedly accumulating wealth illegally. Hafizur, who is now in abroad, remained absent at his office for long, according to Bangla daily Prothom Alo.

KNOT SO TRUE

Captains of economy

THREE centuries ago, Adam Smith thought economy was a clock that would continue its motion once set. Almost three hundred years before the birth of Christ, Plato thought quite the opposite. He thought that the ship of the state would have to be captained by philosopher kings. Way back then, Plato didn't quite think that many centuries later, those ruling the public sphere would be the farthest from philosophy and social good would ultimately be non-existent. Instead of planning...

STRAIGHT LINE

Corruption and the admirable jurisprudence

UNBRIDLED executive arrogance, both bureaucratic and political, has at many times halted the nurturing of democratic traditions and at worst resulted in the delay and denial of justice. In South Asian perspective it has not been unusual to unfortunately witness the discriminatory dispensation of justice, particularly when the overbearing executive has been at the wrong end of the transaction. It is in this background that the recent conviction of a sitting chief minister of India on corruption charges, and...

India's SC grants Jayalalithaa bail

India's SC grants Jayalalithaa bail

A powerful regional politician of southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu was yesterday granted interim bail by the Supreme Court, three weeks after she was jailed for corruption. Jairam Jayalalithaa, former chief minister of Tamil Nadu and chief All India Dravida Munnetra Kazagham (AIADMK), was given the relief by the top court  bench, headed...

India court grants Jayalalithaa bail

India court grants Jayalalithaa bail

A powerful regional politician of southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu was granted interim bail by the Supreme Court today, three weeks after she was jailed for corruption. Jairam Jayalalithaa, former chief minister of Tamil Nadu and chief All India Dravida Munnetra Kazagham (AIADMK), was given the relief by the top court bench, headed...

BASIC Bank lost many trusted clients for graft

Many trusted clients severed business ties with scam-hit BASIC Bank due to widespread corruption during the tenure of the previous management. “A total of 18 good borrowers have left the bank out of frustration,” according to a report prepared by the new board of the bank. BASIC sent the report to the Banking Division and Bangladesh Bank last month with a list of such borrowers. It said the bank is now trying to bring back these clients. The amount of loans with...

Ashraful's ban reduced by 3 yrs

Ashraful's ban reduced by 3 yrs

Former captain Mohammad Ashraful has had his eight-year ban for involvement in corruption reduced to a five-year penalty, with two years suspended, by the BCB's disciplinary panel chairman. Ashraful had appealed to the disciplinary panel chief, Justice Mohammad Abdur Rashid, in July, asking that the ban he received a month earlier, for his involvement...

BITTER TRUTH

Surging crime and rule of corruption

VIOLENCE, crime and corruption of all types are searing the land. Coming up with increasing frequency, grisly incidents of killing, abduction, rape, ransom have put a blot on the image of the country. On the other hand our political leaders are parading themselves before the media saying little relevant but much incendiary. A Bangla daily editorialised on September 3 last that in the first six months in the current year, 2,263 murders were committed in the country. Let me cite...

Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalitha jailed for 4 years

Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalitha jailed for 4 years

One of India's most colourful and controversial politicians, Jayaram Jayalalitha, has been sentenced to jail for four years on corruption charges in a case that has lasted for 18 years. The chief minister of the southern state of Tamil Nadu was found guilty of amassing wealth of more than $10m (£6.1m) which was unaccounted for. She has to pay a multi-million dollar fine and resign as chief minister. A former actress, her life has been marked by a series of high and lows. The verdict was delivered by a special court in Bangalore amid tight security. The prosecution argued that Jayalalitha and three others committed an offence against society, the Indian Express reported. The court...

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