Bangladesh probes allegations of forged court orders
Many accused have obtained bail from trial courts by forging HC orders.
Dhaka: Bangladesh Supreme Court has ordered a probe into the allegations of granting of bail by lower courts to several undertrials on the basis of forged documents obtained from High Court, a media report said on Friday.
Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque has directed all the subordinate courts across the country to contact the Supreme Court registrar`s office to verify high court orders before pronouncing judgments on bail petitions.
The apex court acted in response to allegations that a number of accused have obtained bail from trial courts by producing fake documents, The Daily Star said quoting court officials.
On the basis of probe findings, actions will be taken against those involved in forgery of High Court orders, the court officials said.
In a circular issued on March 02, the apex court said it has noticed that accused are released on bail by subordinate courts on receipt of forged approval orders from high courts.
The lower courts concerned, the circular said, will not release an accused until confirmation that the high court order is genuine.
Earlier on January 23, the chief justice formed a five-member committee headed by SK Sinha, an Appellate Division judge, to identify the reasons behind corruption and harassment of the public in the country`s judicial system.
The move followed an allegation by the international corruption watchdog Transparency International of several graft cases in Bangladesh`s judiciary.