Mizan, Basir plead not guilty in graft case, seek justice...

Dhaka, Wednesday   19 January 2022

Mizan, Basir plead not guilty in graft case, seek justice

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 05:29 PM, 3 January 2022   Updated: 05:29 PM, 3 January 2022

IG Mizanur Rahman and Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Director Khandaker Enamul Basir; File Photo

IG Mizanur Rahman and Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Director Khandaker Enamul Basir; File Photo

Suspended deputy inspector general (DIG) of police Mizanur Rahman and suspended director of Anti-Corruption Commission  (ACC) Khandaker Enamul Basir today pleaded not guilty and sought justice in their statements in self defence in a graft case filed against the duo.

The two accused said they would not produce any witness to vouch for their innocence, but would rather file written statements in their defence and pleaded time for that.

After hearing statements of the two accused, Judge Sheikh Nazmul Alam of  Dhaka Special Judge Court-4 adjourned the hearing till January 12 and asked Mizanur and Basir to submit their written statements on that day.

The court on March 18, 2020, framed charges against the two accused in the case.

Earlier on August 19 last year, the Investigation Officer (IO) and Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Director Sheikh Mohammad Fanafilya testified in the case as the first witness. So far, 11 out of 18 witnesses in the case testified. 

ACC Director Sheikh Mohammad Fanafilya had filed the charge sheet against the duo on January 19 in 2020 for allegedly leaking information and taking bribes. 

Later, Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge KM Imrul Kayes had accepted the charge-sheet on February 9 and transferred the case for further proceedings to Dhaka Special Judge Court 4. The court had framed charges in the case against the two accused on March 18, 2020. 

The anti-graft body had filed the case with its Dhaka District Coordination Office 1 under the Money Laundering Prevention Act on July 16, 2019. 

Both the officials were suspended from their respective agencies after the allegations of taking and giving bribes were lodged against them. 

Mizanur leaked a couple of audio clips saying that he had given Tk 40,000,00 as a bribe to Khandaker Enamul Basir, to suppress the graft allegations brought against him. 

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