DHAKA: Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) finally accorded with the proposal of the World Bank (WB) of forming a panel to ensure a fair and transparent investigation into alleged graft in Padma Bridge Project.
Besides, the government is also willing to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the WB.
ACC Chairman Ghulam Rahman made the disclosure while talking to journalists at a press conference at his office Wednesday.
He said ACC has agreed with the WB proposal to secure comprehensiveness, transparency and honesty regarding the investigation process over much-talked-about Padma Bridge graft.
Ghulam Rahman said, “We have talked to WB and the government in this regard. The WB has proposed to form an apt three-member searching team titled ‘International Investigation Prosecution’ to help us.”
He added: “We will provide them all out assistance, including providing information if the government agrees with WB proposal.”
In addition, the WB lastly claimed that the ACC refused to exchange information regarding the graft.
“It was communication gap with the WB,” the ACC chairman told the journalists regarding the WB claim. “At one stage, we thought the WB proposal could diminish the autonomy of the commission,” he said.
On July 1, the commission termed the WB proposal as irrational, unfair and unjustified.
On the same day, the ACC boss also claimed that the WB did not cooperate with us with information.
BDST: 2210 HRS, JUL 25, 2012
Edited by: Kaiser Ahmed, Newsroom Editor/ M. Mahbub Alam, Asst Output Editor
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