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27 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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ACC gets evidence of bribery against Basir

Suspended director barred from leaving country
Staff Reporter, Dhaka
ACC gets evidence of bribery against Basir

After getting preliminary evidence of bribery, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday (Wednesday) wrote to the Department of Immigration, saying that its suspended director, Enamul Basir, should not leave the country. ACC director Sheikh Md Fanafillah, who is investigating allegations that Basir accepted Tk. 40 lakh in bribe from suspended deputy inspector general of police Mizanur Rahman, issued the travel ban.

In the letter, the investigating officer of the ACC said the commission has got preliminary proof of the bribe. There is information that Basir, along with his family members, may try to leave the country, the letter said. The letter has been sent so that he cannot leave the country and the commission could interrogate him to find out the truth behind the incident.

Recently, DIG Mizanur Rahman, in a television interview, claimed that Basir had taken the bribe from him, promising that he would be given a clean chit. Basir also allegedly divulged information during the investigation, for which he had been suspended earlier.

Mizanur provided the media with the audio clips of the alleged mobile phone conversations between him and Basir, saying he paid the bribe to frame the ACC officer and save himself. Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Mizanur Rahman would definitely be arrested if there is a specific arrest warrant against him.  If DIG Mizanur wants to surrender to law enforcers, he can do so, eh added.

The minister said this in reply to a question from journalists yesterday, after a discussion organised on the occasion of International Day of Misuse of Drugs and Illicit Trafficking at the Bangladesh Krishibid Institution (KBI) in Farmgate, Dhaka. The minister said: “He will definitely be arrested if there is any specific arrest warrant against him. If he wants to surrender, he can do so.

“Legal action is being taken against him. Law enforcers have been kept alert so that he cannot flee the country. Investigation against the DIG is underway,” he added.

The minister did not make any comment when asked about whether DIG Mizan can go abroad or go into hiding.

The suspension of Mizanur again came to light following his admission that he had bribed a top ACC official, who was investigating his alleged illegal wealth.

The government suspended DIG Mizanur on Tuesday, a day after the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) prosecuted him for amassing illegal wealth.

On Monday, the ACC filed a case against Mizanur, his wife, brother and nephew, accusing them of amassing illegal wealth. The graft watchdog said it has found evidence of his illegal assets worth over Tk. 30.7 million. It also summoned the police officer to its headquarters on July 1 for questioning over giving Tk. 4 million in bribe to ACC director Enamul Basir.

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.

Last year, the PHQ launched a probe against Mizanur over the matter and subsequently the probe body found that the police officer misused his power to make personal gains, an act that had “tarnished the image of the police department as well as the government”.

The PHQ forwarded the probe report to the home ministry several months back for the next course of action.

In the wake of the allegations, Mizanur was withdrawn from the DMP in January last year and attached to the PHQ.

Earlier, Sohel Rana, Assistant Inspector General (media) at the PHQ, said the police investigated the allegations and sent the report to the home ministry a long time back. It is the ministry’s jurisdiction to take punitive action against Mizanur, he said.

 

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