ACC plea for showing DIG Mizan arrested in bribery case

DIG Mizan's Corruption Case
Suspended deputy inspector general of police Mizanur Rahman, in white shirt, is being taken out of the High Court on July 1, 2019, after the court handed him over to the police. File photo/collected

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) today filed an application to show suspended Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Mizanur Rahman arrested in a case filed for a transaction of Tk 40 lakh as bribe.

Sheikh Mohammad Fanafilya, director of the anti-graft watchdog, and also investigation officer of the case, submitted the petition with Dhaka’s Senior Special Judge’s Court.

Mizan is now in jail in connection with another graft case filed over acquiring wealth illegally.

However, Judge KM Emrul Kayesh fixed July 21 for hearing the petition for showing Mizan arrested and directed the prison authorities to produce him before it on that date.

The bribery case was filed by the ACC yesterday against suspended DIG Mizan and suspended ACC director Khandaker Enamul Basir, over a transaction of Tk 40 lakh.

According to the case statement, in May last year, ACC launched an enquiry into alleged accumulation of illegal wealth by Mizan, who came to spotlight after a marital scandal. He was later withdrawn as additional commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police.

The ACC assigned Basir to carry out the enquiry. Basir took Tk 40 lakh bribe from Mizan in two instalments -- on January 15 and February 25 this year -- with promises of exonerating Mizan of the charges.

Mizan recently brought allegations in media that Basir took bribe from him, and produced audio clips of conversation between them.

Earlier, ACC filed another graft case against Mizan for amassing Tk 3.28 crore illegally by taking bribes and committing corruption.