Both social and monetary corruption must be tackled and it will be a continuous battle for ACC. However is it time for ACC to have an in house independent Legal Auditor Team comprising members with proven experience in legal, financial and administrative fields? This will reduce chances of ACC fomenting prosecution cases based on hearsay, suspicions, personal instincts and prejudices, public and political pressures. The conviction rate will also improve.
A deep introspection is called for since the much hyped anti-corruption case against health ministry’s doctors and officers has ended up being a wild goose chase (reference Kuensel 22nd May issues on High Court acquittal of the accused). Devoting huge financial, human and time resources of the Nation to prosecute the innocent, disregard established administrative process and procedure and bullying individuals and families into miseries and submission is not just horrendous but calls into question the supposed holistic stamp of Constitutional Bodies. Anticorruption campaign must not be a ‘crusade’. The term crusade is a Christian term to justify all means to convert the populace (heathens) to Christianity. Hounding the innocent is no fool proof deterrent to corruption.
Today with Constitutional Bodies in the person of Dasho (Aum) Neten Zangmo Chief Anti-Corruption Commissioner and the 4th Estate the media in person of Mr. Thinley Dorji, the Chief Executive Officer of Bhutan Broad Casting Service that invades every mind and home of Bhutan through its TV and radio networks hold Executive Power in day-to-day running of the Government. It blurs all lines of distinction between government administrative Agencies, constitutional institutions and the media.
Such situation of overlapping jurisdiction calls for strict discipline and code of conduct for individual Agencies in performing their professional tasks without prejudicing their interim extra-curricular authority or vice versa. And an independent internal legal auditor team could contribute corrective measures to prevent the tipping of scales to just one side. Internal checks or self examination can go a long way in bringing about cohesion within family and nation towards the royal guided GNH path.