HC issues 5 directives to ensure identities of complainants

Special Correspondent

25 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The High Court (HC) has issued five-point directives for police to verify the identity of complainants and informants of criminal cases using NID cards and other particulars.

A division bench comprising Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman came up with the directives on Thursday.

The apex court passed the order in the wake of false cases filed in various parts of the country causing sufferings to the accused.

The Daily Sun on June 19 published a report with the headline “Innocent behind bars, culprits at large” revealing that many innocent people are suffering in jails instead of the real culprits. The report also showed how some people have been accused in cases filed by anonymous persons.

In the order, the HC said NID or the passport number the complainant has to be mentioned in the FIR.

If the complainant does not have national identity card, the NID number of a person identifying him has to be included in the FIR, the court said.

In absence of NID cards of the complainant and the identifiers, concerned police officers will take alternative measure to verify their identity, the court added.

The mandatory verification of the complainant is applicable for the cases filed with the court. If the complainant does not have NID card, his/her lawyer will identify the client, HC said.

In the case of the complainant being a foreigner, the number of his/her passport has to be mentioned, the HC added.

The High Court asked for sending the order to the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs, Inspector General of Police, Supreme Court Registrar General and the CID.

The court passed the directives in a follow-up to its previous order issued on June 14.

Earlier, the High Court passed a short order making obligatory verification of complainants in criminal cases by their NID cards.

The order came following a writ petition filed by businessman Ekramul Ahsan who has been harassed by 49 “fake” cases lodged by “unknown” people.

The HC directed the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Police to trace the plaintiffs in the 49 cases and submit a report within 60 days.

Besides, the court issued a rule asking the government authorities to show cause as to why complainants of 49 cases shall not be detected.

A vested quarter allegedly filed 49 fake cases against Ekramul Ahsan, a businessman from Shantinagar in Dhaka.

Ekramul claimed that murder, rape, torture of women, extortion and human trafficking cases were filed against him in 13 districts in the last 11 years.

In utter peculiarity, unknown people filed the cases against Ekramul at the behest of vested quarter to harass him socially and financially.

The petitioner said the syndicate would like to grab his lands, house and factories.

Advocates Zainul Abedin and Emadul Haque Basir appeared for the writ petition while Deputy Attorney General Bipul Bagmar for the state.