Scrap govt officers’ spl privileges: Pro-BNP lawyers

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Pro-BNP lawyers today demanded cancellation of the newly introduced provision that requires the Anti-Corruption Commission to take the government’s permission before filing graft cases against public servants.
This amendment has been made with a view to protecting corrupt government officials, and those who assisted the ministers and Awami League leaders to commit corruption in the last five years, said AM Mahbub Uddin Khokon, secretary general of Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum (JAF), a platform of the pro-BNP lawyers.
He was speaking at a press conference organised by the forum at the south hall of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA).
Mahbub Uddin said Jatiya Sangsad on November 10 passed a bill amending the ACC Act, 2004 to introduce the provision that the ACC cannot file any case against the government officials, judges and magistrates for corruption without the government approval.
The anti-graft body, however, can file any case against any general citizen, private official and employee and political rival without permission from the government, he said.
Mahbub Uddin, also secretary of SCBA and a BNP lawmaker, said this amended provision is contradictory to the Article 27 of the constitution which says, “All citizens are equal before law and are entitled to equal protection of law.”
The government has brought this amendment before holding election with a malafide intention, he said.
He strongly protested and rejected the amendment.
Mahbub Uddin also demanded immediate release of detained BNP leaders Moudud Ahmed, MK Anwar, Rafiqul Islam Mia, Abdul Awal Mintoo and Shimul Biswas.
JAF leaders Zainul Abedin and Ragib Rouf Chowdhury, among others, were present at the press conference.

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