The word ‘corruption’ has multidimensional facets and corrupt practices have far reaching effects. Offences as such are often termed as white-collar crimes and are committed and carried out by individuals, corporations or organised groups for the purpose of generating huge profits. Anti-corruption commission Act, Money Laundering Prevention Act and the allied laws regarding financial crimes therefore are very important criminal laws in place to legally combat financial crimes. Judicial decisions concerning these laws too are of utmost significance in order to study the area of law concerning corruption and to equip the legal practitioners with the latest observations of the Courts.
First edition of the book titled ‘Anti-corruption Commission Act and Money Laundering Prevention Act,’ is a significant contribution to the realm of academic work with regard to corruption related crimes. It has tried to accommodate the relevant laws with relevant judicial decisions. There have been quite a good number of laws that govern the area of corruption as well as financial crimes in Bangladesh. An important feature of the book is that it has not right away discarded the laws that have subsequently been repealed. Considering the value of the old and already repealed laws, the book has accommodated them with due regard and has discussed judicial decisions in their contexts too. For instance, it is not only the recent Anti-corruption Commission Act of 2004 or the Rules of 2007 that this book has accommodated, rather also the Prevention of Corruption Act 1947, Anti-corruption Act of 1957 that it has thoroughly discussed. Besides these, there have been separate discussion on Emergency Powers Ordinance 2007, Emergency Powers Rules 2007, Competition Act 2012. Furthermore, Criminal Law Amendment Act 1958, Criminal Law Amendment Rules 1977 too have been dealt with, among others. Discussion on relevant sections of the Income Tax Ordinance 1984 and those of the Penal Code have helped to make the book comprehensive.
This book has also dedicated a significant portion to the discussion regarding fugitive from justice and maintainability of writ petitions in criminal proceedings. The text of the statutes appears in the book as it appears in the version prepared and circulated by the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs.
The compilation of statutes along with the latest decisions of the apex court is both an arduous and a challenging task undertaken by Mr Md Khurshid Alam Khan, Advocate Supreme Court, senior prosecutor of Durnity Daman Commission and editor of Dhaka Law Reports. The work has been ‘accomplished methodically, with care and dexterity’, the publisher rightly opined in the preface.
The in-depth study and analysis made of important topics relating to corruption, money laundering, financial crimes, with the help of the pronouncements of the Apex Court has made it possible for the book to accordingly be treated as a useful tool fort the busy lawyers, judges, researchers and anyone undertaking training in legal skills.
From Law Desk.