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NID mandatory for filing case with police station or court: HC

FE REPORT | Tuesday, 15 June 2021


The High Court on Monday directed that a plaintiff has to submit the copy of his national identity card (NID) during filing a case with a police station or a court.

The judicial magistrate or the police officer concerned has been asked to be vigilant in this regard from now.

The High Court bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the direction while holding hearing on a writ petition.

Md Akramul Ahsan Kanchan, a businessman and also a resident of Shantibagh area in the capital, has to spend 1,465 days in jail in 20 cases filed in 13 districts of the country on charges of rape, beating, theft and human trafficking.

Claiming the cases baseless, Akramul, 55, filed a writ petition with the High Court on June 07 this year seeking its directives to conduct a probe to trace out the plaintiffs involved in these cases.

After holding primary hearing on the writ petition the High Court directed the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the police to find out those who are involved in filing those cases. The court has also asked the CID to submit a report in 60 days on the progress of their investigation in this regard.

The court also issued a ruling upon the respondents to explain as to why a direction should not be given upon the respondents to make an inquiry who are involved in filing different criminal cases against the writ petitioner and submit a report in this regard before this court and take legal action in accordance with law against those persons who are harassing the petitioner by filing false criminal cases.

Home secretary, inspector general of police, additional inspector generals of police's special branch (SB) and criminal investigation department (CID), director general of RAB, DMP commissioner of police and other respondents have been made respondents in the petition.

Advocate Zainul Abedin and Advocate Emadul Hoque Bosir appeared at the court on behalf of Akramul, while Deputy Attorney General Bipul Bagmar represented the state.

The writ petitioner said in his petition that a total of 49 cases have been filed against him so far in 13 districts of the country on charges of rape, beating, theft and human trafficking.

Advocate Emadul Hoque said, "Police arrested Akramul Hoque on August 18 in 2013 for the first time in a criminal case filed with Sutrapur police station. Then he had to spend a total of 1,465 days in jail in 20 cases filed in 13 districts of the country on charges of rape, beating, theft and human trafficking."

The 49th case was filed against him in October last year with the Narayanganj Joint District Judge's Court. But no plaintiff was found in any of the cases filed against him, said the petition.

Akramul has been acquitted in 36 cases, and received bail orders in rest 13 cases.

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