7 employees of HC involved in forging bail order

M Moneruzzaman | Updated at 11:41pm on July 21, 2018

The High Court division’s seven staff were found involved in forging a bail order that facilitated the release of two suspected drug peddlers from the jail custody in the port city of the Chittagong in April.
The suspects were in custody since arrest with 90,000 pieces of Yaba in the port city in August 2016.
A probe report revealed the direct involvement of the High Court Division’s Criminal Miscellaneous Section’s ministerial lower subordinate staff Manju Rani Koire for forging the bail order with support from and connivance of the section’s superintendents Mujibur Rahman, Rashranjan Mandal and Jamal Uddin, administrative officer Abdul Baset, typist and office assistant Moniruzzaman Moni, draftsman and comparer Mousumi Dev and typist Mujibur Rahman.
On Thursday a High Court bench of Justice Sheikh Abdul Awal and Justice Bhishmadev Chakrabortty ordered the registrar of the High Court Division to file a criminal case against the errand staff members.
Assistant attorney general Muhammad Ali Jinnah told New Age that the four-member probe committee led by registrar Golam Rabbani failed to find out lawyer Shafiqul Alam, whose name was used in the forged bail order.
The AAG said that senior lawyer Rafiqur Rahman, whose name was also used in the forged bail order, told the probe committee that he never took a case in which 90,000 Yaba tablets were recovered.
He said that the probe committee also could not find out the forged bail order at the Criminal Miscellaneous Section.
The forged bail order issued on April 8 facilitated the release of Ahmed Noor, 48, son of late Aminul Hoque, of Patiya and Mohammad Rasel,29, son of late Fazal Ahmed, of Bakalia in the port city.
On August 18, 2016, the Rapid Action Battalion arrested Noor and Rasel with 90,000 Yaba tablets at Kodomtali under the Doublemooring police station of the port city.
On May 30, the High Court directed the SC registrar general to investigate into forging the bail order after AAG Mohammad Ali Jinnah drew the bench’s attention to the incident.
Jinnah submitted that he had collected the forged bail order from a lawyer of the Chittagong metropolitan sessions judge’s court.
Jinnah challenged the lawyer saying that the High Court Division bench-led by Justice Sheikh Abdul Awal never granted bail to anyone arrested with 90,000 Yaba tablets.
Rasel was arrested after the forgery was detected on May 13 but his accomplice Noor was still absconding, Jinnah said.
In August 2017, High Court Division’s bench officer Rafiqul Islam was suspended after he was found to have forged a bail order in favour of an accused in jail custody following arrest with 50,000 Yaba tablets.
The sensational forgery by bench officer Rafiqul Islam came to the notice of Justice Md Shawkat Hossain and Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder after another accused in the same Yaba case submitted the forged bail order in their court with their bail petition.
On May 28, the High Court banned a lawyer from appearing in the High Court Division for six months for his involvement in forging a bail order that facilitated the release of two convicts in rape case.
HC registrar Golam Rabbani told New Age that there had been no progress of investigation into several forgery cases that were filed with the Shahbagh police station since October 2017.