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No one is above the law

  • Published at 11:22 pm September 18th, 2019
File photo of the coal-powered Barapukuria thermal power plant in Dinajpur Dhaka Tribune

No one is above the law, and any person who attempts to abuse it will be brought to task

It is extremely disappointing that despite being named in the charge sheet filed in the Barapukuria coal scam case of 2018, most of the accused continue to roam free, seemingly impervious to law and order.

The scandal, which saw about 142,000 tons of coal worth about Tk243 crore disappear from the plant in 2018, is yet to be resolved, and despite 23 former and incumbent officials and employees of the Barapukuria Coal Mine Company Limited being charged by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), there remains little to no action taken against them.

What is even more disappointing is that, far from bringing them to book and punishing them to the fullest extent of the law, the authorities have made little attempts to even suspend them, with most of these officials still occupying crucial posts in the country’s energy sector.

This is not the message to be giving to the people -- that such acts of criminality will be swept under the rug, with no ramifications for the culprits.

Moreover, such incidents add to the ugly narrative that has always existed within our country -- that of a culture of impunity, where those wielding power shall continue to be coddled and protected, no matter how much their actions cripple the economy.

It is high time that narrative changed -- no one is above the law, and any person who attempts to abuse it will be brought to task.

Bangladesh may be enjoying a healthy economic growth, but as long as we continue to coddle criminals who threaten the integrity of our system, we cannot hope to reach our true potential as a country.