A Dhaka court has ordered the authorities to confiscate the immovable properties of suspended Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Prisons Bazlur Rashid and freeze his two bank accounts in a case filed over amassing wealth beyond his known sources of income.
At the same time on Tuesday, Judge Iqbal Hossain of Dhaka Special Judge-5 court rejected his bail application.
Tuesday was fixed to hold a hearing on charge framing in the case, and so the defendant was brought to court from jail.
At the hearing, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) lawyer Mosharraf Hossain Kajal placed his submission on framing charges against the police officer.
Separately, the defence lawyer filed a time petition for deferring the indictment hearing. The court granted the application and fixed October 22 for holding a hearing on charge framing.
The court granted the application after the ACC lawyer applied for the seizing of his immovable property and two bank accounts.
Earlier on August 26, ACC Deputy Director Nasir Uddin filed a charge sheet against Bazlur Rashid in the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge KM Imrul Kayes.
On October 20, 2019, the ACC summoned Bazlur Rashid and his wife for questioning. Bazlur was arrested after the interrogation.
The ACC had complaints that the prison official used to receive crores of taka in bribes from different jail officials across the country through courier service.
His wife Razzakun Nahar used to collect the money sent from different parts of the country. Bazlur Rashid was arrested after a preliminary investigation revealed his involvement.
It is learned that Razzakun Nahar took Tk50 lakh from the wife of an officer of Mymensingh Jail.
She also received Tk6 lakh in two installments from the wife of another officer of Bazlur Rashid's rank.
Besides, Bazlur Rashid himself had received Tk58 lakh from a prison guard who was in charge of an important duty in Dhaka. He also took Tk38 lakh from another prison guard.
There are allegations that Bazlur Rashid used to take bribes from officials at different jails across the country at a fixed rate as he was in the post of DIG at the prison headquarters.
The money used to go to a man named Touhid Hossain Mithu of Cumilla, who would then send it to Bazlur Rashid's wife.
The money sent by Touhid from Comilla was withdrawn from the head office of SA Paribahan in Kakrail only after confirming the ownership by mobile phone.