Frequently Asked Questions



What is Corruption?

Corruption is operationally defined as the misuse of entrusted power for private gain. Transparency International

Corruption sabotages policies and programs that aim to reduce poverty, So attacking Corruption is critical to poverty reduction. World Bank

Corruption occurs when organizations or individuals profit improperly through their position in an activity and thereby cause damage or lose. SIDA, Sweden

The community trusts public officials to perform their duties with honesty and in the best interest of the public. Corruption involves breaching public trust. ICAC, Australia

Corruption involves the dishonest or preferential use of power being position which has the result of one person or organization being advantaged over another. CPIB, Singapore

Does ACC follow the same policy while summoning the witness and the accused in relation to a corruption offence?

1. The notice sent to record statements of the accused and the witness varies. 2. Separate questions are asked to the witness and the accused during interrogation.

What are the offences that allow cases to be filed in ACC?

Cases can be filed in ACC once any of the scheduled offences in the ACC Act, 2004 are proved.

How does ACC determine misuse of power by government officials?

Misuse of power by government officials is determined when evidential proof of becoming prosperous or making others gain is received.

How can a corruption-complaint be lodged against a person?

Complaints containing required information can be lodged at the offices of the Honourable Chairman/Director-Divisional Office/ Deputy-Director-Integrated District Office. They can be lodged in the Commission’s website

Can ACC seize illegal property?

No, an appropriate court can seize property.

What are the functions of the ACC?

ACC completes the following tasks according to the ACC Act, 2004:

  1. Inquiry and Investigation of offences mentioned in the schedule
  2. Lodging and conducting cases on the basis of inquiry and investigation under para (a);
  3. Inquiry into complaint received on personal initiative, affected person or lodged by any individual on his behalf.
  4. Any kind of responsibility conferred by law regarding preventing corruption.
  5. Analyse and effectively implement measures acknowledged by law to prevent corruption.
  6. Prepare research plans to prevent corruption and present recommendations to the Honourable President on the required actions on the basis of the research.
  7. Create commitment and integrity to prevent corruption and create mass-awareness too.
  8. Organise seminars, symposiums and workshops on topics that are included within the tasks and responsibilities of the Commission.
  9. Identify the various sources of corruption existing in the present socio-economic context in Bangladesh currently and undertake measures accordingly.
  10. Inquiry, investigation and filing cases against corruption and determining the approved procedure of the Commission for the same
  11. Completing any other activity considered necessary for preventing corruption.

Can ACC seek accounts of someone’s property?

Yes, the Commission can seek accounts of property not corroborating with the legal sources of income if it feels necessary with any information received.

What is the definition of Integrity Unit?

The Integrity Unit is an educational institution based corruption prevention activity which ensures the nurturing of ethical values and brings students together through the help of teachers, supervision of Corruption Prevention Committee and patronage of Anti-Corruption Commission with the objective of achieving a long term positive social change by discarding issues contrary to ethical values.

Do the ACC officers have the powers to arrest?

According to the ACC Act, Investigation Officers of ACC hold similar powers as the Officers-in-charge of police stations. They have the power to arrest maintaining other legal procedures.

Where does Corruption thrive?

Corruption can be found in all countries but is particularly widespread in societies where the legal system, mass media and the public administration are weak and undeveloped. Corruption thrives where…

  • Temptation coexists with permissiveness.
  • Institutional checks on power are missing.
  • Decision making remains obscure.
  • Civil society is thin on the ground.
  • Great inequalities in the distribution of wealth condemn people to live in poverty.
  • Concepts like public procurement procedures are ignored.
  • Gift-giving is part of negotiating and relationship building.