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>THE much talked about Truth and Accountability Commission (Tac), the newest institution for dealing with graft charges in the country, finally started operating yesterday letting corruptionists seek mercy by voluntarily confessing to their graft, and by depositing their ill-gotten wealth to the state exchequer. (Full report)
“This is a great opportunity for us, for the people of Bangladesh. Let people come here and be purified by confessing to their corruption, if they feel repentant, and let us embark on a new journey to working for the people and for the welfare of the country,” said Tac Chairman Habibur Rahman Khan, immediately after the commission began operating officially.
The commission, with a tenure of five months, launched its operation by issuing a public notice about its objectives, perspectives, and jurisdiction. Habibur Rahman Khan, who is a retired judge of the High Court, discussed the issues with journalists in an introductory briefing in the Tac office on Hare Road in the capital.
Graft suspects may apply to the commission by September 1 of this year for making voluntary disclosures about their corruption, the public notice said.
The idea of Tac came into being for relieving the state and the judiciary from the overwhelming burden of adjudicating a large number of graft cases, and to let economic and industrial development continue unhindered. The commission also aims at cutting short the time for dealing with graft cases.
“I am not a pessimist. I can’t sit around thinking about what other people could not achieve. I don’t believe in that. We will do our best. Tac has been created with a mission of realizing a vision,” said Habibur Rahman Khan replying to a question regarding whether a five-month period will be enough for the commission to deal with the huge task in its hands.


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