The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday issued instructions to bar its director Khandaker Enamul Basir from leaving the country, as it primarily found the bribery allegations against him to be true.
In a letter to the additional inspector general of police (special branch), ACC Director Sheikh Md Fanafillah said, “It has been learnt from a credible source that he [Basir] and his family are trying to leave the country. For the sake of proper enquiry, it is necessary to bar him from travelling abroad”.
The letter said the allegation of bribery and money laundering against Basir had been primarily found to be true during enquiry, adding that it was necessary to record Basir’s statement in this regard.
Basir had been carrying out an enquiry against the suspended deputy inspector general of Police Mizanur Rahman for amassing wealth illegally.
Mizan then alleged that Basir had taken Tk 40 lakh from him to ensure that he would be cleared of the allegation.
When the matter surfaced in the media, the ACC suspended Basir and initiated enquiry over the matter.
As a part of the investigation, ACC summoned both Basir and Mizan on July 1 for quizzing.
Meanwhile, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said Mizan would be arrested if there was an arrest warrant for him.
“If DIG Mizan wants to surrender to law enforcers, he can do so,” the home minister told journalists after attending a programme at the Krishibid Institution Bangladesh(KIB) in Dhaka’s Farmgate.
On Tuesday, the home ministry suspended Mizanur Rahman after getting the president’s approval to do so.
During the suspension period, Mizan will be attached to the Police Headquarters and will receive a subsistence grant, said a home ministry circular.
ACC on Monday filed a case accusing Mizan of amassing illegal wealth of about Tk 3.28 crore and concealing information about wealth worth Tk 3.07 crore.
His wife, brother and nephew are also made accused in the case for abetting the DIG.
Mizan came under the scanner in January last year when he was accused of forcibly marrying and torturing a woman. He was soon withdrawn from Dhaka Metropolitan Police.
ACC began the probe in May last year.