The Anti-Corruption Commission on Wednesday banned foreign travel by its director Khandakar Enamul Basir as it found primary evidences of taking bribes from suspended deputy inspector general of police Mizanur Rahman.
The commission sent a letter to immigration department of the Special Branch of police to take necessary steps to prevent foreign travel by Enamul, said the commission’s public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharjee.
The ban followed protest of journalists for issuing a ‘disgraceful’ notice to one of their colleagues over the alleged bribery scam.
The commission also issued a show cause notice to its director Sheikh Md Fanafilla to explain why he had issued notice to two journalists in different languages, Pranab said.
On Wednesday, journalists formed a human chain in front of the commission headquarter at Shegunbagicha in Dhaka protesting against the issuance of a ‘disgraceful’ notice by director Sheikh Md Fanafilla to a journalist over reporting on the scam.
They announced that they would continue agitation and go for tougher programme if the commission did not withdraw the notice by Wednesday.
Their four-point demand include withdrawal of the notice by Wednesday, offering public apology, action against the official concerned following issuing the notice in ‘disgraceful language’ and removal of all obstacles to journalists’ entry to the commission.
Dhaka Union of Journalists president Abu Jafar Surya at the demonstration said, ‘They must withdraw the notice within today and take necessary action against ACC director Sheikh Md Fanafillah who issued the letter,’ he said.
On Monday, the ACC issued two notices asking online news portal Bangla Tribune’s special correspondent Dipu Sarwar, and ATN News’ Emran Hossain Suman to appear before it on Wednesday to record their statements over a couple of recent reports.
Dipu on June 23 reported on Bangla Tribune that ACC director Khandaker Enamul Basir leaked a probe report to Mizanur. In the notice sent to Dipu, Fanafillah said legal action would be taken against him if he does not comply.
Private television channel ATN News reported recently that Mizanur gave Tk 40 lakh to Enamul Basir to be exonerated from corruption charge.
Meanwhile, at an event on Wednesday, the commission chairman Iqbal Mahmood said that the commission does not issue notices, investigating officers do that. ‘If inquiry officer acts out of line, you may submit a claim. There is a format for these types of letters. If he did not follow the format, we will take action against him,’ he added.
In another development, the commission asked Amin Jewellers proprietor M Sirajul Islam to provide its Baitul Mokkarram branch CCTV footage and sales receipts of June 23, as the commission came to know that Mizanur procured a large amount of jewelleries worth Tk 26 lakh on the day.
Mizanur, his wife, his brother and nephew were facing charge of accumulating illegal wealth of Tk 3.28 crore. Mizan also concealed information of Tk 3.7 crore in his wealth statement submitted to the commission.
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