Bribery case: Judgment against ex-DIG Mizan, another on Feb 23

A Dhaka court on Thursday fixed February 23 to pronounce judgment in a bribery case against suspended Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Mizanur Rahman and suspended ACC director Khandaker Enamul Basir.

Dhaka Special Judge Court-4 Judge Sheikh Nazmul Alam fixed the date.

On January 3, the two claimed them innocent while giving their statement in self- defence at the court.

On January 24, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) lawyer Mosharraf Hossain Kajol presented his arguments and demanded capital punishment for the accused.

DIG Mizan was an additional commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP). He was withdrawn on January 9, 2019 following the allegation of threatening a female news presenter of a private television channel.

He had also reportedly married a woman forcibly and tortured her. Mizan allegedly picked the 25-year-old woman up in July, 2017 and then forcibly married her.

He had also implicated her in a false case whereby she was arrested and remained in jail for three weeks.

Earlier on June 24,2019 ACC director Manjur Morshed filed the case against DIG Mizan, his wife Sohelia Anar Ratna, nephew sub-inspector Mahmudul Hasan and younger brother Mahbubur Rahman.

According to the case statement, the ACC found that DIG Mizan accumulated wealth worth Tk 3.28 crore while he concealed information of wealth worth Tk 3.7 crore in his wealth statement.

Then director of ACC Enamul Basir was made the investigation officer in the case.

During the investigation DIG Mizan accused Basir of claiming Tk 40 lakh as bribe for acquitting him from the charges.

Following the allegation, Another ACC director Monjur Morshed was made the investigation officer in the case, withdrawing Basir.

A three-member probe body was formed led by ACC director Sheikh Mohammad Fanafillah to look into the allegations of bribery.

On July 16, 2019, Sheikh Mohammad Fanafillah filed the case over the bribery scandal against Mizan and Basir.

On April 16, 2020, a Dhaka court indicted the two and directed the official beginning of the trial in this case.

Another case is currently under trial against four people including suspended DIG Mizan filed over Illegal asset accumulation and money laundering at Dhaka Special Judge Court-6.

Source: United News of Bangladesh