Dhaka – A senior official at Bangladesh’s Anti-Corruption Commission has been suspended after allegations surfaced that he took kickbacks from a senior police officer who was under the scanner of the state-run graft watchdog, officials said on Monday.
Khandaker Enamul Basir, the director of the ACC, was suspended based on evidences that he leaked a probe report to Mizanur Rahman, a deputy inspector general of police who was closed to police line for his alleged involvement in criminal activities and corruption, according to a press release of the commission.
The anti-graft agency has been investigating allegations against Rahman, who is known as DIG Mizan, that he amassed ill-gotten money using the influence of his office at different levels.
Basir was given the responsibility of investigating the allegations. But a few audio clips of conversation between Basir and Rahman obtained by the ACC found that there was an exchange of money between the two.
Media reports say Rahman paid 4 million taka to Basir to prepare the investigation report in his favour. The two allegedly had conversation for a few times by phones.
The ACC took the reports into consideration and formed a probe committee being headed by Secretary Muhammad Delwar Bakht. The committee was asked to report by Monday.
Soon after the report was submitted, the ACC came up with the decision of suspending Basir for leaking the probe report to the accused in violation of the service rule.
The commission began the investigation into the allegations against Rahman after the police officer came under the spotlight as he allegedly forcibly married a woman at his Bailey Road apartment. Reports at that time say that Rahman amassed huge money from unknown sources.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police withdrew him from his position and closed to the police line.
The ACC summoned Rahman on April 25 last year to know about his wealth and subsequently ordered an investigation into the allegations.