Detectives on Saturday arrested a lawyer and his assistant for forging court documents and using fake seals to get criminals out on bail.
Advocate Md A Samad and Md Boni Amin were arrested from Chankharpool with 81 fake Supreme Court, lower courts and deputy jailers seals and with 13 forged case documents.
“The duo used faked case statements, seizure lists, charge sheets and presented them before the courts to secure bail for their clients,” said Abdul Baten, joint commissioner of Detective Branch of (DB) Police on Sunday.
“Big drug dealers who cannot secure bail from lower courts use unscrupulous lawyers who forge their papers to make them look less dangerous and then place their bail petition before the High Court,” he added at a press briefing at the Dhaka Metropolitan Police Media Centre.
A drug dealer, Fazlul Karim, caught with 5,000 Yaba tablets, recently secured bail using this method.
He got Samad and Boni to forge a certified FIR copy showing he was caught with only 180 Yaba tablets to the High Court which then granted him bail on February 18 thinking he was a small time criminal.
DB's joint commissioner said, after carefully combing through the fake documents, they were shocked by the extent of how real they looked as it fooled most of the courts as the real thing.
“They also had fake court seals making everything look legitimate.”
Abdul Batin said there are forgery gangs who send false warrants to police stations to harass people citing an incident that happened with he was stationed in Rangamati.
“When I was the Superintendent of Police in Rangamati in 2007, we received several fake warrants from these gangs,” he said.
A forgery case has been filed against the duo and a manhunt is underway for those criminals who secured bail using fake documents.
A Dhaka court granted police a three day remand prayer for Md Boni Amin the associate and rejected the seven day prayer for Advocate Samad and sent him directly to prison.
The court fixed May 14 for the submission of police's report on the case.
A total of 11 lawyers stood on behalf of the accused before the court.