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ACC forms inquiry committee to investigate ex-IGP Benazir

  • Benazir denied the allegations earlier
  • A national daily and a TV channel published stories on the matter
Update : 22 Apr 2024, 11:22 PM

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has formed a committee to investigate corruption allegations against former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Benazir Ahmed and his family members.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the commission on April 18.

The committee members are ACC Deputy Director Hafizul Islam, and assistant directors Neamul Hasan and Joynal Abedin.

On Sunday, Supreme Court lawyer Syed Sayedul Haque Suman also approached the commission seeking an investigation into allegations of Benazir Ahmed’s amassing huge illegal wealth by abusing power.

Benazir Ahmed on Saturday broke his silence three weeks after a national daily and a TV channel published sensational news alleging illicit assets in his possession.

In a video message posted on Facebook, Benazir vehemently denied the accusations, labelling them as false and defamatory.

Addressing the allegations made against him and his family, Benazir said: “I retired from the job almost two years ago and have been living a quiet life since then. However, certain groups on social media have persistently defamed me, spreading false information.”

Benazir clarified that numerous claims made in the published news were entirely fabricated, including details regarding his family’s properties and financial assets.

He expressed deep dismay at the dissemination of what he called such misinformation, especially given his longstanding dedication to fighting corruption within the police force.

The allegations against Benazir Ahmed have garnered widespread attention since their publication last March, with investigative reports fueling discussions on social media.

Dainik Kaler Kantho and NEWS24 have published a series of reports focusing on Benazir’s alleged corruption and extravagant lifestyle, sparking public debate.

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