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12:00 AM, July 11, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:04 AM, July 11, 2020

Relief, Health Sectors

ACC to ramp up drives against the corrupt: Iqbal

Anti-Corruption Commission will bolster its drive against those involved in corruption in relief and health sectors, said ACC Chairman Iqbal Mahmood.

"Due to the novel coronavirus, we could not carry out regular drives, but for the sake of public interest ACC will strengthen legal drives against notorious corrupt people," he said while addressing ACC's virtual meeting on a report on the implementation of "Strategic Work Plan 2019" on Thursday, said a press release yesterday.

To retrieve money and stop money laundering in the country, the ACC chairman called for filing cases against the corrupt at the quickest possible time.

Mahmood said ACC got verdicts in their favour in 11 money laundering cases filed in 2019. "The ACC was able to ensure punishment of culprits in all money laundering cases filed in 2018 too," he said.

Addressing ACC officials, Iqbal said more than 18 officers have been infected with Covid-19 and two employees died.

Even after that, the ACC is continuing to file cases, arrest accused, issue summon and carry out interrogation, he said.

ACC Commissioner Dr Md Mozammel Haque Khan said focal point officials can play vital role in implementing the National Integrity Strategy.

"It's unfortunate that these officials do not inform ACC about corruption of their ministries and departments. They too need to be made accountable," he said, underscoring the need for appointing honest and bold persons as focal point officers.

Commissioner AFM Aminul Islam suggested increasing detective surveillance of ACC at health institutions. "We've often got allegations that some organisations are failing to provide expected service," he said.

"If necessary, the commission will resume its drives following health guidelines," he added.

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