The Home Ministry has fired Deputy Inspector General of Prisons (DIG Prisons) Bazlur Rashid for allegedly sending crores of rupees of bribe to his wife through courier.
A notification in this regard was issued on Wednesday (December 29) from the discipline-01 branch of the security services department of the home ministry. Secretary Md. Mokabbir Hossain has signed the circular.
According to the circular, Bazlur Rashid was working as DIG Prisons from October 26, 2016 to October 20, 2019. A report published in the media on October 8, 2019, accused him of accepting bribes. It is said that a total of Tk 96 lakh 350 was sent in 30 receipts through SA Paribahan at different times using mobile SIM registered with false and incorrect information in the name of wife Razzakun Nahar. He was also directly involved in the incident as a journalist demanded Rs 50 lakh from him but did not inform the higher authorities about it.
It further said that a departmental case was filed against Bazlur Rashid for misconduct in this regard as per the Government Employees Rules and a charge sheet and complaint statement were sent. A board of inquiry was formed against Bazlur Rashid as the information provided in the hearing was not satisfactory. The board also ruled that the allegations of misconduct against Bazlur Rashid were beyond doubt.
A second show cause notice was issued on October 6 this year for the initial decision to dismiss Bazlur Rashid. He replied on 16 October. As the reply was not satisfactory, the Public Service Commission (PSC) was requested to give its advice on November 1, upholding the earlier decision, i.e. the decision of permanent dismissal.
According to the circular, the PSCO agreed with the decision of the ministry and was given a permanent dismissal from the post of Deputy Inspector General of Prisons (Temporary Dismissal).
DIG Prisons Bazlur Rashid, who was sentenced to death, is currently out on bail.
Following the publication of the report in the media, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) called for an inquiry into the acquisition of assets outside his known income. On October 20, 2019, he was summoned to the ACC. A case was filed against him on the same day and he was shown arrested as he could not show the legal source of some assets during interrogation.
The ACC filed a chargesheet in the case on August 28 last year. On September 2, Dhaka Metropolitan Senior Special Judge KM Imrul Kayesh accepted the charge sheet in the presence of the accused. On October 22, the court framed charges against Bazlur Rashid in the case and ordered the trial to begin. After 1 year and 9 days in jail, Bazlur Rashid was granted bail on October 29 last year. The case is currently being tried.