Suspended deputy inspector general (DIG) of police Mizanur Rahman on Monday pleaded not guilty in their statements in self-defence in a graft case filed against him.
Another accused suspended director of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Khandaker Enamul Basir also pleaded not guilty, said court sources.
Both of the accused said they would not produce any witness to vouch for their innocence. However, they would file written statements in their defence and pleaded time for that.
After hearing statements of the two accused, Judge Sheikh Nazmul Alam of Dhaka Special Judge Court-4 adjourned the hearing till January 12 and asked Mizanur and Basir to submit their written statements on that day.
On March 18 in 2020, the court framed charges against the two accused in the case.
On February 9 in the same year, Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge KM Imrul Qayesh accepted the charge-sheet and transferred the case for further proceedings to Dhaka Special Judge Court-4.
On January 19 in 2020, ACC Director Sheikh Mohammad Fanafilya filed the charge-sheet against the duo for allegedly leaking information and taking bribes.
On July 16 in 2019, the anti-graft body filed the case with its Dhaka district coordination office-1 under the Money Laundering Prevention Act.
Both the officials were suspended from their respected agencies after the allegations of taking and giving bribes were lodged against them.
Mizanur leaked a couple of audio clips, saying he has given Taka forty lakh bribe to Khandaker Enamul Basir to suppress the graft allegations brought against him.