JS body slates ACC boss for declaring Matin clean
A parliamentary sub-committee yesterday criticised Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) chairman for declaring former adviser MA Matin 'clean man' in awarding the container-handling job at Chittagong Port, contrary to a probe report.
"The chairman has no right to declare Matin clean when a sub-committee got enough evidence of his corruption and irregularities," Shamsul Hoque, head of the sub-committee to investigate alleged Gatco graft case said.
"We may send all documents and papers to other investigative agency on demand for further investigation," Shamsul, also a ruling Awami League lawmaker, told The Daily Star after a meeting of the sub-committee at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban.
The main committee -- parliamentary standing committee on shipping ministry -- is likely to sit soon and will take decision in this matter, he added.
If necessary, the committee will ask the ACC chairman to appear before it to hear his views on Matin, he said.
"We fear ACC did not pay heed to voluminous probe report on Matin," he alleged saying the ACC boss a few days ago commented the anti-graft watchdog was turned into a clawless and toothless tiger.
ACC Chairman Ghulam Rahman on Friday said they did not find any criminal offence in awarding the container-handling job for which ACC can file any criminal case against Matin.
Earlier, the sub-committee at a press conference said it got 'evidence' of irregularities and corruption by Matin and sent the report to ACC as well as to ministry for case filing against Matin and his aides.