Warrant issued against suspended DIG Mizan’s wife, brother Charge sheet accepted

A Dhaka court Sunday issued arrest warrants against wife and brother of suspended Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Mizanur Rahman, in a case filed for amassing illegal wealth and concealing information. Judge KM Emrul Kayesh of Senior Special Judge’s Court in Dhaka passed the order after accepting the charge sheet in the case.

The court also transferred the case to the Special Judge Court-4 and asked police to submit a report on execution of the arrest warrants on March 3. Prior to that, the court also accepted  the charge sheet against suspended Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Mizanur Rahman and suspended ACC director Khandaker Enamul Basir in a case over Tk 40 lakh bribery scandal.

Judge KM Imrul Kayes took the charges into cognisance. The court transferred the case to Special Judge Court-4 and fixed March 4 for next hearing. Earlier on January 19, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) submitted chargesheet against them in the case.

The suspended DIG allegedly gave Tk 40 lakh to ACC director Khandaker Enamul Basir to get clean chit in a corruption case. On July 16 last year, ACC director Sheikh Mohammad Fanafillah filed the case against the suspended DIG and Basir with Dhaka-1 coordinated district office over the bribery scandal.

A private TV channel had reported that Mizan gave Tk 40 lakh to Basir to get clean chit in a corruption case. DIG Mizan was an additional commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP). He was withdrawn on January 9, last year following the allegation of threatening a female news presenter of a private television channel.

He had also reportedly married a woman forcibly and tortured her. Mizan allegedly picked the 25-year-old woman up in July, 2017 and then forcibly married her. He had also implicated her in a false case whereby she was arrested and remained in jail for three weeks.

Earlier on June 24 last year, ACC director Manjur Morshed filed the case against DIG Mizan, his wife Sohelia Anar Ratna, nephew sub-inspector Mahmudul Hasan and younger brother Mahbubur Rahman. According to the case statement, the ACC found that DIG Mizan accumulated wealth worth Tk 3.28 crore while he concealed information of wealth worth Tk 3.7 crore in his wealth statement.

On July 11, 2018, the ACC issued a notice to DIG Mizan and his wife Sohelia asking them to submit their wealth statements. On May 3 last year, the ACC interrogated the DIG in connection with the illegal wealth accumulation as the anti-graft body found his huge cash, apartments, cars and property, and fixed deposit accounts with a number of banks.

The Commission also found his involvement in money laundering. In January 2018, Mizan was withdrawn from the DMP Headquarters and attached him to the Police Headquarters following allegations of marrying a woman forcefully and torturing her later.