Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of police Mizanur Rahman, who came under fire after allegedly abducting a woman and forcing her to marry him at gunpoint last year, has claimed that he has no hidden assets or illegally acquired wealth.
“Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) officials have talked to me for a long time about the assets I own. But I do not own anything outside those mentioned in my tax file,” he told reporters after coming out of the ACC around 4:30pm on Thursday.
The ACC interrogated him for several hours since the morning over alleged illegal wealth acquisition and other corruption charges.
Mizanur, also an additional commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), reportedly abused his position to accumulate billions in cash, lavish apartments, cars and property, and fixed deposit accounts in multiple banks, according to ACC sources.
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He was also accused of being involved in money laundering abroad.
Regarding the assets of his family members, Mizanur said: “Whatever they own are in their individual tax files.”
ACC Secretary Shamsul Arefin said: “Our officials have interrogated him (Mizanur). He has submitted some documents in favour of his claim. We will evaluate them.”
Asked whether they found any evidence of illegal wealth owned by Mizanur, Shamsul said: “We questioned him because the amount of his assets surpasses what he earns legally. He will submit more documents on Sunday. Those will be examined too.”
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However, the police official said the Home Ministry was investigating the allegations that he abducted and forcibly married a woman. “The ministry will be able to say whether they have found any proof.”
Earlier, ACC Deputy Director Farid Ahmed had sent a notice to the DIG, asking him to appear before the anti-graft watchdog on Thursday.
In January, DIG Mizanur was withdrawn from his position at DMP headquarters following the allegations about the coerced marriage.
The following month, a probe body formed by the Police Headquarters had found evidence that he was engaged in misconduct while on duty.