Judicial

HC rejects Ex-DIG Mizan’s bail plea in graft case

The High Court on Tuesday rejected the bail plea of suspended Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Mizanur Rahman in a case filed by Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for amassing illegal wealth as a rule issued on his bail was not pressed.

A HC bench of Justice SM Kuddus Zaman and Justice Md Riaz Uddin Khan rejected the bail plea.

Although Mizan was granted bail on April 13 after appealing against a three-year sentence in a bribery case, he will not be able to walk out of jail as he was denied bail in the graft case.

Barrister Mahbub Shafiq appeared for the bail plea in the court while Lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan for the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

Earlier, the High Court had issued a rule questioning why he should not be granted bail in the case.

On February 23, Dhaka Special Judge Court-4 Sheikh Nazmul Alam sentenced Mizanur Rahman and suspended ACC director Khandaker Enamul Basir to three and eight years in jail respectively in the case.

Later Mizan and Basir moved to the High Court against the order.

On April 13, HC granted two-month bail to Mizan against which ACC appealed to the appellate division.

The corruption case dates back to June 24, 2019, when ACC director Manjur Morshed lodged a complaint against the disgraced DIG, his wife Sohelia Anar Ratna, nephew sub-inspector Mahmudul Hasan and younger brother Mahbubur Rahman.

According to the case statement, Mizan accumulated wealth worth Tk 3.28 crore beyond his known sources of income. On the other hand, he had declared wealth worth Tk 3.7 crore in his tax statement.

Then director of ACC, Basir, was made the investigating officer in the case.

During the probe, Mizan had accused Basir of demanding Tk 40 lakh as bribe for setting the case, prompting the Commission to appoint director Monjur Morshed as the investigating officer in the case.

At the same time, 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, Fanafillah lodged a complaint against both Mizan and Basir. And on April 16, 2020, a Dhaka court indicted the two and directed the official beginning of the trial in the case.

Source: United News of Bangladesh