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They challenge each other now

I have not taken any bribe says ACC Director Basir, DIG Mizan says I have all records

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ACC Director Basir DIG Mizan

Staff Reporter  :
A mudslinging prevails over two audio clips of the recent mobile phone conversation between suspended Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) Director Khandaker Enamul Basir and Police Headquarters Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Mizanur Rahman, who is accused of amassing illegal wealth.
The blame game between the duo spread across the country hours after suspension of Basir on Monday allegedly for taking Tk 40 lakh in bribe in two phases for leaking probe information.
Enamul Basir has dismissed allegations of taking bribes while Mizanur Rahman said that he maintained "all records" of the illicit transaction.
The countrymen have become surprised as Mizan and Basir confidently threw challenge to each other over the audio clips' accuracy and fabrication respectively.
Even both the Police Headquarters and the ACC told the media that separate investigations are going on to probe the report.      
Enamul Basir on Tuesday claimed that the audio clips of phone conversation between him and Mizan, which was broadcast by a private news channel, was fabricated.
But DIG Mizanur speaking to the media at his city residence yesterday said that he would present all the records and evidences if the ACC summons him.
In response to the ACC official's claim, DIG Mizan said that the ACC should examine the audio clip to find out whether it was actually Basir on the other side of the conversation.
Asked why he had leaked the audio conversation to the media, Mizan said, "I have done it to save myself. I have maintained all records and prepared to present them whenever asked [by the authorities]."
He said that he bribed ACC investigator Basir in an effort to 'entrap' the official after being 'pressured' into making the illicit payments.
DIG Mizan claimed that he was 'forced' into   giving the bribe despite knowing that it was illegal.
"I didn't want to, but after relentless pressure from him, I decided to do it in order to ensnare him."
On Sunday, Mizan in a television interview claimed that Basir took Tk 40 lakh in bribes promising that he would be dropped from the allegations. Basir also divulged information during the investigation.
Following the allegation, the ACC set up an inquiry committee headed by ACC Secretary Muhammad Delwar Bakht, said ACC Chairman Iqbal Mahmood.
"The suspension order against him comes as a disciplinary action for disclosing probe report," he said.
In the meantime, the ACC carried out a drive to investigate accusations of ill-gotten wealth by DIG Mizanur Rahman and a report was submitted last month. The investigation was done by ACC official Enamu Basir.
If evidence is found that DIG Mizanur Rahman has given bribes to Khondokar Enamul Basir, then the police will take necessary action against the accused officer, said Sohel Rana, Assistant Inspector General (Media and PR) of the Police Headquarters.
"The issue has come to our notice and efforts will be taken to probe the matter," he added.
Khandaker Enamul Basir was suspended on Monday for leaking probe report to DIG Mizanur Rahman, who faced an allegation of amassing illegal wealth, while Mizan was withdrawn as Additional Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police following a marital scandal in January last year and attached with the Police Headquarters.

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