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Basir faces ACC travel ban over bribes from DIG Mizan

  • Published at 12:30 am June 27th, 2019
File photo of ACC director Khandaker Enamul Basir Focus Bangla

The ex-ACC director was suspended on June 10, in connection with the incident

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has imposed a travel ban on its ex-director, Khandaker Enamul Basir, in connection with allegedly receiving Tk40 lakh in bribes from a recently suspended police official.

ACC Director Sheikh Mohammad Fanafillah said that he issued the ban on Wednesday.

When asked if the anti-graft watchdog found primary involvement of Basir in the scam, Fanafillah said: “We could only confirm whether the ACC director took the bribe or not, after receiving a report from the National Telecommunication Monitoring Centre."

According to media reports, Basir, who was tasked with investigating the sources of properties belonging to Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Mizanur Rahman, leaked the probe report to the DIG.

On June 10, Basir was suspended on this ground, while Mizan, who faces allegations of amassing illegal wealth, was handed down a similar punishment on Wednesday.

Mizan’s suspension came merely a day after being prosecuted by the ACC for amassing illegal wealth. 

On Monday, the ACC filed a case against Mizan, his wife, brother, and nephew accusing them of amassing illegal wealth.

ACC said it had found evidence of illegal assets worth over Tk30.7 crore. It also summoned Mizan to its headquarters on July 1 for questioning about giving Tk 40 lakh in bribes to Basir.

In a recent television interview, DIG Mizan claimed that Basir took bribes from him promising him a clean chit.

Basir, who was later suspended, also divulged information during the investigation, according to ACC officials.

Audio clips of mobile conversations between the duo were aired on television.

On June 20, a Dhaka court ordered attachment of all assets of Mizan, and a freeze on his bank accounts, upon a petition by the ACC.

In its plea, the anti-graft agency said that “assets made through illicit means” may be siphoned away from the country.

Earlier, Mizan was withdrawn from Dhaka Metropolitan Police from his post of additional commissioner when allegations surfaced against him of abducting a woman, and marrying her forcibly.