THE forgery of a bail order, in which seven members on the staff of the High Court Division have been found involved, that resulted in the release of two suspected drug pedlars from jail custody in Chittagong on April 8, as New Age reported on Sunday, is atrocious. The suspects, arrested in possession of 90,000 Yaba tablets, stimulant containing methamphetamine and caffeine, at Kadamtali under the Double Mooring police area in Chittagong on August 18, 2016, had since then been in custody. The High Court on May 30 directed the Supreme Court registrar to investigate the forgery after an assistant attorney general had called the court’s attention to the incident. The investigation, which found the direct involvement of a member on the ministerial lower subordinate staff of the criminal miscellaneous section of the High Court Division and the connivance of the section’s superintendents, administrative officer, typist-cum-office assistant, draftsman-cum-comparer and a typist in the incident, failed to find one of the lawyers named in the forged bail order — the other lawyer, however, said that he had never taken any case involving any arrest over the seizure of 90,000 Yaba tablets — and to find the forged order at the criminal miscellaneous section.
A High Court bench on Thursday, however, ordered the filing of a criminal case against the errant members on the High Court Division staff. But this is not the first case of such forgery that came to light. Another such incident, involving the forged bail order for an accused, arrested in possession of 50,000 Yaba tablets at a place in Dhaka in June 2016, came to light on July 19, 2017. The 2017 forgery was detected when another accused in the case in July that year referred to the earlier order, which was forged, in seeking his bail. The forgery of the documents of the highest court, made to enlarge crime suspects, is as much atrocious as it is detrimental to justice dispensation and the rule of law. This is disparaging that members on the High Court Division staff would forge court documents for the remand on bail of accused, that too, in Yaba peddling cases. This suggests that a politically powerful quarter is involved in the whole Yaba smuggling process and the government needs to break this process. In light of the gravity of the crime, the authorities concerned are left with no option but to deterrently punish the employees of the High Court Division at hand so that such foul play does not repeat.
While the authorities must hold the errant court employees to account, the other issue that remains for the authorities to look into is whether there could be other such cases and, if there are any, take action accordingly. Unless such issues in all other spheres are ironed out, institutions that citizen fall back on would lose their credibility. The authorities concerned, under the circumstances, must bring to justice the seven employees in question and others in other such cases and set deterrent examples so that justice dispensation does not come to be tainted.
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