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ACC serious in dealing with DIG bribery allegation

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
ACC serious in dealing with DIG bribery allegation

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is serious about bribery allegations against  deputy inspector general (DIG) Mizanur Rahman. Talking to this correspondent, ACC lawyer advocate Khurshid Alam Khan said that he had spoken to the ACC chairman, Iqbal Mahmood, about the apex court directive.

“The ACC is serious about the DIG Mizanur Rahman issue.

The commission has taken  the matter seriously. It will accord great importance in dealing with the matter. After completion of the investigation, the commission will take action,” Khan said. According to sources in the commission, the ACC chairman is currently in Bangkok to participate in an international seminar. He is expected to return on June 22. Once the commission chairman returns, the ACC may take steps on the bribery allegation issue.

Earlier, on Sunday, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) had wanted to know from the ACC why Mizanur Rahman was yet to be arrested in the corruption case.

“Is he (DIG Mizanur Rahman) more powerful than the ACC? Why has not DIG Mizanur Rahman been arrested in the corruption case?” asked the four-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain.

The bench asked this question while hearing an appeal filed by the ACC, challenging a High Court (HC) verdict that granted permanent bail to Hall-Mark Group Chairman Jasmine Islam in a graft case.

The apex court also asked ACC lawyer Kurshid Alam Khan about the bribery allegations against ACC director Enamul Basir. In reply, the ACC lawyer said that the commission had appointed a new officer to conduct an investigation against Mizanur Rahman.

Recently, Mizanur Rahman had claimed in a television interview that ACC director Enamul Basir took Tk. 40 lakh as bribe from him, promising him a clean chit.

Mizanur Rahman had also claimed that Basir had divulged information during the investigation. Audio clips of mobile phone conversations between Mizanur Rahman and Enamul Basir were aired on television.

Later, the DIG said he had bribed the ACC investigator in an effort to “entrap” the official after being “pressured” into making the illicit payments.

Following the allegations, the ACC suspended Basir and instituted an inquiry, headed by ACC secretary Muhammad Delwar Bakht.

Mizanur Rahman came under the spotlight in January last year when allegations surfaced that he had forcibly married a 25-year-old woman in July 2017 and tortured her. He had also allegedly abducted a female news presenter of a private TV channel at gunpoint in December the same year. He was withdrawn as the additional commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) following the allegations. On April 25 last year, the ACC had summoned Mizanur Rahman as multiple media reports and other sources reported that he had illegally amassed wealth.

 

 

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