In the absence of an NID copy, a birth certificate or any other photo identity card must be attached with the bail petition
In an effort to prevent future incidents of impersonation at bail hearings, a Chittagong court made mandatory on Sunday, submission of a photocopy of either national identity card (NID) or passport, attested by the concerned lawyer.
Chittagong Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Osman Gani issued the order, adding that in the absence of an NID copy, a birth certificate or any other photo identity card must be attached with the bail petition.
The court passed the order on March 7, which will be effective from March 18.
Md Ayyub Khan, general secretary of Chittagong District Bar Association told the Dhaka Tribune that some criminals resort to impersonation at bail hearings.
"From now on, such crimes can be prevented. I welcome the court order of making an NID copy submission mandatory," said the lawyer, adding that lawyers are not involved with such malpractice as it is the clients who hide their identities.
The court order was prompted by two recent incidents of imposture.
The first incident was revealed on February 26 when the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Abu Salm Md Noman rejected a bail petition and ordered the criminal be sent to jail.
Hearing the order of imprisonment, Didar burst into tears and spilled the beans that he impersonated the real criminal Mozammel, for Tk10,000.
Later on, an order was issued to file a case on a charge of deceiving the court. Bench Clerk Bakhtiar Uddin filed the case with the Chittagong Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, where the real criminal Mozammel, and the impersonator Didar, were both accused.
A second incident came to light on March 6 when Syed Karim masquerading as the real criminal Wahidul Haque, surrendered to a Chittagong court in a case filed over a dishonoured cheque.
The court grew suspicious when lawyer Farhan Emran filed a bail petition. The criminal got nervous when the court asked the criminal's name and his parents' names. Then the court asked the criminal to put a signature but it did not match with that of the cheque.