Anti-graft body finds proof its director Basir took bribes

Dhaka, June 26 – After getting preliminary evidence of bribery allegations, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday sent a letter to the department of immigration so that its suspended director Enamul Basir could not leave the country.
ACC director Sheikh Md Fanafillah, who is currently investigating the bribery allegations of taking Tk 40 lakh by its suspended director Enamul Basir from suspended Deputy Inspector General of Police Mizanur Rahman, yesterday issued the travel ban.
In the notice, the investigation officer of the commission said that the commission has got the preliminary prove of the allegations of taking Tk 40 lakh by its suspended director Enamul Basir. But, there is secret information that Basir along with his family members tried to leave up the country, the notice said.
Amid this situation, the notice has been issued so that he could not leave up the country and the commission could able to interrogate him to find out the real truth behind the incident.
Recently, DIG Mizanur Rahman in a television interview claimed that Basir had taken the bribes 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 bribes to frame the ACC official and save himself.
Meanwhile, 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 Mizan wants to surrender to law enforcers, he can do so. He told this in reply to a question from journalists yesterday after a discussion organized on the occasion of ‘International Day of Misuse of Drugs and Illicit Trafficking’ at Bangladesh Krishibid Institution (KBI) in Farmgate of Dhaka.
The minister said, “He will be arrested definitely if there is any specific arrest warrant against him. If he wants to surrender then he can do that.
“Legal action is being taken against him. The law enforcers are kept alert so that he cannot flee the country. Still, investigation is underway against the DIG,” he added.
The minister did not make any comment when asked about whether DIG Mizan can go abroad or into the hiding.
The suspension of the Mizan again came to limelight following his admission that he bribed an ACC top official, who was investigating his alleged illegal wealth.
The government suspended DIG Mizan on Tuesday, a day after the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) prosecuted him for amassing illegal wealth.
On Monday (Jun 24), the ACC has filed a case against Mizan, 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 Jul 1 for questioning over giving Tk 4 million in bribes to ACC Director Enamul Basir.
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.
Last year, the PHQ launched a probe against Mizan over the matter and subsequently the probe body found that the police officer misused his power to make personal gains, an act which “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, Mizan 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 police investigated the allegations properly and sent the probe report to the home ministry long ago. It is the ministry’s jurisdiction to take punitive action against Mizan, he said. – Staff Reporter