DIG prisons Bazlur lands in jail on graft charges

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:36, Oct 21,2019 | Updated: 01:48, Oct 21,2019


Police take DIG prisons Bazlur Rashid to Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge Court on Sunday. — Focus Bangla photo

Deputy inspector general of prisons Bazlur Rashid on Sunday landed in jail after he was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Commission earlier on the day on charge of accumulating illegal wealth.

Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge Court’s acting judge Al Mamun passed the order to send Bazlur to jail after ACC deputy director M Nasir Uddin produced him to the court.

Bazlur appeared at the commission head office in the morning along with his wife Razzakun Nahar to face interrogation over their alleged involvement in taking bribes.

During the interrogating by an ACC team, led by its director Mohammad Yusuf at the agency’s interrogation cell, Bazlur admitted that he had bought a 2981-square feet flat at Siddheshwari in the capital at a price of Tk 3.9 crore, ACC secretary Mohammad Delwar Bakth told reporters.

According to the ACC secretary, Bazlur also said that he gave Rupayan Housing Estate Limited Tk 3.8 crore in six instalments.

The interrogation team immediately collected the payment receipts from the real estate firm and filed a case in this regard as Bazlur failed to show any legal source of the money, said Delwar.

Later the commission arrested him, the ACC official said.

According to the ACC findings, Bazlur paid out the money over three months in 2018.

The commission also alleged that Bazlur concealed his address and bought a mobile SIM card in the name of his wife in order for the transaction of the money.

The anti-graft watchdog had also summoned Gazipur district jail officer Nesar Alam over a similar allegation but he did not appear before the ACC.

In July, the corruption watchdog arrested Sylhet range DIG prisons Partha Gopal Banik after it found illegal cash of Tk 80 lakh at his Dhaka’s Kalabagan residence.

Partha Gopal also appeared before the commission’s Segunbagicha head office in the capital after being summoned to face interrogation over corruption allegations against him while serving at Chattogram Central Jail.

In October, 2018, Chattogram prison jailer Sohel Rana was arrested from a Mymensingh-bound train with a huge amount of money in cash, fixed deposit receipts and cheques.

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