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Graft complaints to be settled within 60 days, directs PMO



By NewsGram Staff Writer

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office has directed all the central departments to warrant prosecution against officials caught wallowing in the act of corruption within the time period of 60 days. The ministers have been asked to enforce the “rule of law” after a proper vigilance inquiry.

As reported by The Indian Express, all corruption cases or complaints that have been pending in departments for reference to the vigilance section are also to be sent for inquiry within the deadline so that an outcome against the alleged offenders is identified and implemented accordingly.

“The direction is that all such cases should be cleared immediately and there should not be any pendency of such cases beyond 60 days”, said the report.

The directive from the PMO introduces a new norm for officials operating at sensitive posts. Reportedly each department has been asked to identify desks handling secret or confidential issues on national and economic security, and annually rotate officials handling them on a date decided in advance.

In sectors and services where public interface is high or which impact the daily affairs of the masses, the direction is that licence or other applications should not remain pending beyond a prescribed time period.

The PMO has also instructed officials to identify and eradicate the areas where the middlemen operate, especially in the municipal and urban development sections.

In an open letter to the nation on Tuesday to mark completion of one year in office, Prime Minister Modi said his government had dealt with “unabated corruption”.

“Uncompromising adherence to the principle of purity, in action as well as intent, ensured a corruption-free government,” he wrote in the letter.

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Khaleda Zia granted bail in 2008 corruption case

Khaleda is a two-time Bangladesh Prime Minister, having ruled from 1991-96 and again from 2001-06

Khaleeda Zia granted 64 months bail. IANS

Bangladesh Nationalist Party Chairperson Khaleda Zia, convicted in a corruption case, was granted bail on Monday.

BNP leader Zia secured a four-month bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case in which she was handed five years of imprisonment by a Bangladesh court.

“Now, there is no legal bar to let Khaleda walk out of prison on bail,” Bangladesh Daily Star quoted BNP Advocate Sagir Hossain Leon as saying.

Earlier today, a bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Karim passed the bail order in response to a petition moved by Khaleda before a high court back in February.

Her bail was considered on four grounds, including her health condition.

Further, the high court directed the concerned authority to prepare the paper book of the case within the next four months for hearing the appeal she filed against her conviction in the case.

The high court sentenced Zia’s eldest son and Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s (BNP) Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman and four others for at least 10 years with a fine of 2.10 crore Bangladeshi takas (Tk).

The Anti-Corruption Commission had earlier filed a case in 2008 with Ramna Police Station, accusing six persons including Khaleda and her son Tarique.

Khaleda is a two-time Bangladesh Prime Minister, having ruled from 1991-96 and again from 2001-06.

In a political career spanning almost four decades, Khaleda went to the jail several times but was never convicted. She was detained several times during the anti-Ershad movement between the 1980s and 1990s.

In March 1983, she was made vice-chairperson of BNP after her husband and former Bangladesh President Ziaur was assassinated.

She went on to become the party’s chairperson in 1984, a position which she holds today. May 10, 1984.

Since the last three decades, Bangladeshi politics have been dominated by Zia and current Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

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