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12 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 12 June, 2019 01:29:07 AM
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bribe allegation

ACC official refutes, DIG counters with proof claim

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

The suspended director of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Khandaker Enamul Bashir, yesterday denied the allegations of taking bribe from DIG Mizanur Rahman. The latter, however, countered that he has kept records for probing the allegations.

“Everything is forged. You (journalists) ask him (Mizanur Rahman) to prove the bribery allegations against me. This is a false charge,” Bashir told reporters outside his office.

On the other hand, the DIG claimed that he has kept all the recorded conversations that took place between him and Enamul Bashir during the course of investigation. “I have all the recorded conversations. The ACC can examine our recorded telephonic conversations to get to the root of bribery allegations. It will be clear after examining the audio of telephonic conversations,” the DIG told media persons at his Bailey Road residence.

“If the commission asks me, I will submit all the documents in this regard,” Mizanur said.

He claimed that he has made it public to save himself. “Now, it is clear to all that the commission official was involved in corruption. I have to prove it before the public. I kept audio records of the telephonic conversations and made it public to save myself,” he said.

 “I want justice from the investigation team. I hope it will conduct the investigation independently in order to find out the truth behind the incident. I will hand over all the documents to the investigation team in due time,” he added.

Meanwhile, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) yesterday said the ACC cannot avoid institutional responsibility following the bribery charge brought against an investigation officer of the commission. “There is no scope for the ACC to consider the bribery allegation brought against the commission official as an individual incident,” TIB said in a press release.

It also demanded that exemplary punishment be meted out to the persons responsible after completing the investigation into the bribery allegations as soon as possible.

In a written statement, TIB execute director Dr Iftekharuzzaman said that following the incident of taking bribe by the ACC official, the commission should reshuffle its officials to ensure their transparency and accountability against corruption.

The TIB director said they were disappointed by the ACC chairman’s comment that the commission could not take responsibility for the action of an individual official. “We are not only disappointed with the ACC chief’s comment, but also worried about the future activities of the commission against corruption,” he added.

Dr Iftekharuzzaman said they hoped that the commission would take the bribery allegations as an institutional challenge and take effective steps against the responsible officer. This would ensure that no ACC official would dare to be involved in such bribery incidents in future. “If the commission is not able to establish itself as transparent, accountable and corruption free, then how will the people repose their trust in it?” he added.

The ACC chairman, Iqbal Mahmood, told reporters that Enamul Bashir has been temporarily suspended for leaking confidential information contained in a probe report. “A disciplinary action has been taken against Enamul Bashir for breaching the rules of service. A separate departmental inquiry will be conducted in connection with the bribery allegations brought against him,” Mahmood told reporters at the ACC headquarters in Dhaka on Monday.

On May 3, 2018, ACC deputy director Farid Ahmed Patwary had interrogated the DIG about his alleged illegal wealth. Later, Bashir was entrusted with the investigation.

Mizanur 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. Mizanur was withdrawn as the additional commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police following the allegations.

On April 25 last year, the ACC summoned Mizanur Rahman as multiple media reports and other sources reported that he had amassed wealth illegally.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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