Anti Corruption Commission Bangladesh (Bengali: দুর্নীতি দমন কমিশন) often abbreviated: ACC (Bengali: দুদক) was formed through an act promulgated on 23 February 2004 that into force on 9 May 2004. Although initially, it could not make the desired impact, but immediately following its reconstitution in February 2007, the ACC began working with renewed vigor and impetus duly acceding to the United Nations’ convention against corruption that was adopted by the General Assembly away back on 31 October 2003.
The Commission has formulated some forms of corruption in Bangladesh, for everyone to know, understand and prepare to completely erase corruption, if not reduce it.
Bribery: It is the offering of money, services or other valuables to persuade someone to do something in return. Synonyms: kickbacks, baksheesh(tips), payola, hush money, sweetener, protection money, boodle, and gratuity.
Embezzlement: Taking of money, property or other valuables by the person to whom it has been entrusted for personal benefit.
Extortion: Demanding or taking of money, property or other valuables through use of coercion and/or force. A typical example of extortion would be when armed police or military men exact money for passage through a roadblock. Synonyms include blackmail, bloodsucking and extraction.
Abuse of discretion: The abuse of office for private gain, but without external inducement or extortion. Patterns of such abuses are usually associated with bureaucracies in which broad individual discretion is created, few oversights or accountability structures are present, as well as those in which decision-making rules are so complex as to neutralize the effectiveness of such structures even if they exist.
Improper political contributions: Payments made in an attempt to unduly influence present or future activities by a party or its members when they are in office.
Guided by the mission ACC sets for itself the following tasks and functionsfunctionalities
It controls corruption by identifying hot spots and areas of vulnerabilities for targeted investigative and prosecution action, prevention and curative treatment beside preventive education and advocacy.
It ultimately suppresses corruption through the effective and cumulative effects of its combating, controlling and prevention efforts enumerated above.
Chairman and commissioners
The commission is mandated as independent, self-governed and neutral entity. It consists of three Commissioners; of them one as the chairman and all appointed by the President on the recommendation of the Selection Committee for a period of four years from the date of their appointment. While the commissioners function on full-time basis loses eligibility for reappointment on expiry of the term in their office.
Functions of the commission
To enquire into and conduct investigation of offences mentioned in the schedule
To file cases on the basis of enquiry or investigation and conduct cases
To hold enquiry into allegations of corruption on its own motion or on the application of aggrieved person or any person on his behalf
To perform any function assigned to Commission by any Act in respect of corruptionfunctionsfunctionalities
To review any recognized provisions of any law for prevention of corruption and submit recommendation to the President for their effective implementation
To undertake research, prepare plan for prevention of corruption and submit to the President, recommendation for action based on the result of such research
To raise awareness and create feeling of honesty and integrity among people with a view to preventing corruption
To organize seminar, symposium, workshop etc. on the subjects falling within the functions and duties of the Commission
To identify various causes of corruption in the context of socio-economic conditions of Bangladesh and make recommendation to the President for taking necessary steps
To determine the procedure of enquiry, investigation, filing of cases and also the procedure of according sanction of the Commission for filing case against corruption and
To perform any other duty as may be considered necessary for prevention of corruption.
Power to make rules
The Commission for carrying out the purpose of Anti Corruption Act, 2004 has been vested with the power to make rules by notification published in the official Gazette with the prior approval of the President.
- Offences under Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2004 (Possession of property disproportionate to known source of income)
- Offences punishable under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1947 (Act 11 of 1947)
- Anti-Money Laundering Act, 2002 (Act 7 of 2002)
- Offences punishable under sections 161-169, 217, 218, 408, 409 and 477A of the Penal Code, 160 (Act XLV of 1960)
- Offences of abetment, conspiracy and attempts as defined respectively in section 109, 120B and 511 of the Penal Code, 1860 (Act XLV of 1860) in relation to clauses (a) to (c).
Its framework and function is governed by Anti-Corruption Commission Act, 2004.
ACC Bangladesh Official Website