ACC still awaits WB info on Padma charges

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is yet to get any information from the World Bank on alleged corruption in the Padma bridge project.

“We are yet to get any reply to the letter sent to the World Bank and other organisations, seeking information on allegations of corruption in the Padma bridge project,” ACC director general Forrukh Ahmed said on Tuesday.

“The investigation is not advancing, as we do not have the details.”

Asked when the ACC will wind up its investigation, he said, “We are waiting for the World Bank’s reply. We are extending the deadline for the investigation as per rules.”

The World Bank had suspended fund for the bridge on Oct 11 following allegations of corruption in the project. It sent a letter to the ACC asking it to investigate the matter.

While the prime minister and her Cabinet colleagues denied allegations of corruption, the then communications minister was transferred last month in the wake of such contentions.

The ACC appointed two officers to inspect the allegations after getting WB’s letter, which prompted the anti-graft panel to seek information from the global lender on the allegations.

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