ACC chief in office beyond tenure: HC verdict July 8

The High Court will deliver its verdict on July 8 on a writ petition filed challenging the validity of Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) chairman Ghulam Rahman’s stay in office after the expiry of his tenure. An HC bench comprising Justice Mirza Hussain Haider and Justice M Khurshid Alam Sarkar fixed the date on Wednesday after the final hearing of a rule issued in th in is regard.
Supreme Court lawyer Mirza Al Mahmud filed the writ in the form of public interest litigation on June 9.
In his petition, Mahmud said Ghulam Rahman’s four-year term as the ACC chairman expired on May 1 as his appointment came into effect on May 2, 2009.
He also sought the court’s direction as to how Ghulam Rahman is holding the post of the ACC chairman even after the expiry of his tenure.
Earlier, on June 5, Mahmud sent a legal notice to the ACC chief to explain under which authority he is still holding the office even after the expiry of his tenure.
The government appointed Ghulam Rahman as the ACC chairman on April 30, 2009 for a four-year term. However, he joined the office on June 24 of the year.
The Public Administration Ministry recently issued an order which said Ghulam Rahman will act as the ACC chairman till June 23, 2013 as he joined the office on June 24, 2009.
The section 6(3) of the Anti Corruption Commission Act 2004 stipulates that the commissioners shall hold office for a period of four years from the date of their appointment.
As per the section, his appointment should have been effective from May 2, 2009 whereby his tenure expired on May 1 this year.(Source: UNB)

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