Bangladesh judiciary most corrupt institution in the country: Report

The Bangladesh chapter of the Berlin-based graft watchdog Transparency International today complied with the top court order submitting its survey documents.

Supreme Court officials said they received a dispatch from the Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) but were yet to check the contents of the documents ahead of the closure of the court in the afternoon.

According to the survey the judiciary was the most corrupt among the service sectors followed by law enforcement agencies and the land administration as the  watchdog came up with its findings on the basis of a household survey it conducted between June 2009 and May 2010.

The TIB report also said that corruption in the country's judiciary system had increased by 40.3 per cent over the last three years.

A survey in 2007 had  found 47.7 per cent corruption in the judiciary. The apex court yesterday asked TIB to submit documents of its survey report released last week sparking a massive controversy.

"We received a letter from the Supreme Court seeking the relevant documents of our household survey," TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman earlier told PTI.

The notice said the apex court would take effective steps after on receipt of the documents but it mentioned no deadline for submitting the documents.

Asked if the TIB would submit the documents as sought by the apex court, Iftekharuzzaman earlier, however, evaded a direct answer saying it was not the duty of the watchdog to investigate any individual's corruption.

"Besides, the respondents (of the survey) were unwilling disclose names while saying that they had to pay bribe to court employees, clerks, lawyers or   brokers," he said.

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