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Corruption

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...

MULTI-STOREY PARKING LOT GRAFT

ACC okays charge sheet against Khoka, 4 others

ACC okays charge sheet against Khoka, 4 others

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has approved the charge sheet against former Dhaka City Corporation mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka and four other in a case filed for corruption in a multi-storey car park project. A deputy director of the anti-graft body, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, confirmed it to The Daily Star today. ACC Deputy Director Harun-ur-Rashid filed the case with Shahbagh Police Station on March 29, 2012. According to the case statement, the corruption took place between 2007 and 2009 and caused a Tk-827 crore loss to the national exchequer. In the case, the complainant said an ACC investigation had found that Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) gave DCC a 27-katha land in Dilkusha through...

ZIA ORPHANAGE, CHARITABLE TRUST GRAFT CASES

Trial begins in Khaleda’s absence

Trial begins in Khaleda’s absence

Trial in two corruption cases against Khaleda Zia -- Zia Orphanage and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases -- began today through the recording of the deposition of a witness in the BNP Chairperson's absence. Partial deposition of plaintiff Harun-ur-Rashid, deputy director of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), was recorded at Judge Bashudeb Roy of Special...

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