Bangladesh NID scam
ACC goes slow on NID scam case raising questions over its anti-graft drive
Nearly three months ago the country’s anti-graft body sued 17 people, including police officers, election officials and public representatives, on charge of helping Rohingya refugees get the National Identity Cards and passports. There has been no forward movement in the case since then raising doubts over sincerity of the Anti-Corruption Commission in pursuing a crime as serious as this. And a sudden transfer of the investigation officer who filed the case has raised even more questions. ACC deputy assistant director Sharif Uddin, who investigated the scam since it broke out in 2019 was transferred on June 16 this year, a day after he filed the case with its Integrated District Office 2, Chattogram. READ: ACC approves chargesheet against ex-RHD chief engineer ACC officials contacted by UNB correspondent parried questions why the investigation officer was hurriedly taken off the assignment and how the case has progressed since then. Their standard response has been that they are either busy or “contact me later.” The ACC has been reluctant in sharing any update of the stalled case with regard to the serious crime. UNB contacted ACC director at Chattogram Mahmud Hasan on August 19, but he declined to share anything about this issue over phone. Read Rohingya issue not to disappear from agenda despite new global challenges: EU He said "I’m not in office today. Call me next Sunday (August 22) during office time. I can’t talk over phone on this issue. I will talk later in detail after scrutinising the papers."