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ACC clarifies stand on suspended official

Staff Reporter, Dhaka

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) chairman, Iqbal Mahmood, yesterday clarified that commission director Khandaker Enamul Basir was not suspended because of the bribery allegations against him. Rather, the ACC official was suspended for leaking confidential information in a probe report, Mahmood told reporters. The commission chief also accused the media of twisting information in the case.

“The media has given wrong explanation of my comments,” he said. “We have not suspended Enamul Basir for the bribery allegations against him. They have to be proved. The big question is how confidential information contained in an ACC probe report was leaked outside. Enamul Basir breached the service rules by leaking confidential information. This has to be probed,” Mahmood said.

Also yesterday, home minister Asaduzzaman Khan said action would be taken against the DIG. “It’s clear that DIG Mizanur Rahman committed a crime by bribing an ACC official,” Khan told reporters at the Department of Prisons auditorium at Bakshibazar. The minister also inaugurated a fair cum exhibition organised by the Security Services Division.

Notably, a private TV channel reported on Sunday that the ACC director had taken Tk. 25 lakh as bribe from the DIG to give him a clean chit in a corruption case. Enamul Basir had also allegedly asked the DIG to pay him Tk. 15 lakh more within a week. A day later, on Monday, the ACC suspended Enamul Basir for breaching the service rules.

On Tuesday, the suspended official denied the allegations of taking bribe from DIG Mizanur Rahman. “Everything is forged. You (journalists) ask him (the DIG) to prove the bribery allegations against me,” he told reporters.

On May 3, 2018, ACC deputy director Farid Ahmed Patwary had interrogated the DIG about his alleged illegal wealth. Later, Basir 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 Mizanur was withdrawn as the additional commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police following the allegations.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 had summoned Mizanur Rahman as multiple media reports and other sources reported that he had amassed wealth illegally.

 

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