The High Court on Monday directed the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to remove its Assistant Director Md Alamgir Hossain from investigating a case over allegations of demanding bribes.
The court also directed to take departmental and legal actions against the Investigation Officer for contacting the accused’s brother over phone, which is unethical.
The HC bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and SM Mojibur Rahman passed the order during a hearing on a writ petition filed in this regard by the defendant in the case.
Alamgir Hossain was investigating a case filed by ACC against former sub registrar of Dhaka sadar and incumbent registrar of Pirojpur district Md Abdul Kuddus Howladar and his wife Mahinur Begum.
But recently Abdul Kuddus sent a letter to the ACC Chairman alleging Alamgir demanded bribes from his brother over the case through a phone call.
After not getting a reply, he filed a writ petition with the High Court.
On March 7, the court asked to submit the call record and list of the petitioner’s brother’s phone number and accused IO Alamgir's during a hearing.
Following which, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) and Grameenphone submitted a report which showed record of multiple conversations between the two numbers.
The petitioner’s lawyer Md Kamal Hossain said, “If the phone call was about investigation the IO would have talked to the accused not his brother.”
Following the report HC summoned IO Alamgir, issued a rule and set Today’s date for final hearing on the petition.
On October 22, 2020, ACC filed a case with the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s court against Md Abdul Kuddus and his wife for hiding information of Tk 24.70 lakh worth assets, acquiring Tk 90.12 lakh worth assets and keeping it occupied.