Forty-five out of 110 accused in 76 drug and arms cases, who came out of jail through fake bail orders over two years ago, are yet to be arrested.
Court sources said 65 accused in 46 of the cases surrendered before the court on different dates, but 45 accused in 30 cases still roaming scot-free.
After the forgery was detected two years ago, the Dhaka Second Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court directed the 110 accused to surrender before it.
“Accused in 46 cases surrendered before the court on different dates but the accused in 30 cases didn’t. The court issued arrest warrants and directed police to arrest them,” said Shamim Ahmed, bench assistant (Peshkar) of the court.
Court officials blamed ‘negligence’ and ‘inaction’ of police for the failure to nab them.
Court sources said the 45 wanted accused include Alamgir Hossain Alam, Toiabur Rahman, Md Akbar Hossain, Md Imamul Haq Tuku, Md Jony, Md Alamgir, Sohag Miah, Md Jewel, Salma Aktar, Aktar Hossain, Mahbubur Rahman, Shahidul Islam Shibbir and Azizul Haq Opu.
All the cases were filed against them on charges of illegal drug or arms dealing. Most of them are listed criminals on police book, sources said.
Talking to this correspondent, public prosecutor SM Zahid Sarder of the related court said, “Accused in 30 cases never appeared before the court after they came out of jail through fake bail orders two years back. The accused are roaming scot-free as the police are not arresting them.”
According to the sources, a total of 110 accused in 76 criminal cases, now pending with Dhaka Second Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court, came out of prison in five months in 2015 following the fake bail orders made by two court staffs.
Of them, 14 accused in 14 cases were released from jail in January, 20 accused in 10 cases in February, 20 accused in 14 cases in March, 16 accused in 12 cases in April and 40 accused in 26 cases in May 2015 through the fake bail orders.
On July 12, 2015, Obaidul Karim Akando, an official at the Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court, filed a case with Kotwali Police Station against two court staff for issuing fake bail orders forging signature of a judge of the court.
After investigation, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) submitted a charge sheet accusing bench-assistant Moslehuddin Bhuiyan, peon Sheikh Mohammad Naim, muster-roll clerk Mohammad Ismail Hossain, muster-roll clerks Alamgir Hossain and Jahangir Hossain.
On March 22 this year, Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of the Dhaka Special Judges Court-5 sentenced the five court staff to 14 years’ jail in the forgery case.
Denying the allegation of negligence, Deputy Commissioner (prosecution) of Police Md Anisur Rahman said, “We have sent the arrest warrants to the police stations concerned for arresting the fugitive accused in the cases while police are conducting drives to nab them.”