HC issues a couple of directives to stop fake arrest warrants
Published: 05:42 PM, 14 October 2020
The High Court (HC) on Wednesday issued a couple of directives for the authorities concerned to stop fake arrest warrants.
An HC division bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman issued the directives after holding a hearing on a writ petition filed in this regard.
Senior lawyers Zainul Abedin and Emadul Haque Bashir appeared for the petition while Deputy Attorney General Sarwar Hossain Bappi represented the state in the court today.
The directives include the names, designations and official phone numbers of judges or magistrates who issued arrest warrants against the accused in any case must be mentioned in the order of arrest warrant.
Names, designations, numbers of mobile phones and signatures of the court staff who prepare arrest warrants will have to be used in the orders so that the accused can communicate with court staff to verify the authenticity of the order.
Police officers concerned, responsible for executing the arrest warrants, will communicate with the court staff preparing the arrest warrants over their cell phones to become sure about the authenticity of the orders.
The police officers will produce the accused along with the orders of arrest warrants before the courts of the magistrates or judges concerned. Name and address of the accused, case number and particular section of the concerned act have to be mentioned clearly.
Initially, the warrant can be sent to the office of concerned superintendent of police or local police station by a peon or messenger, who will hand that over by taking signature of the authorized person on his note. Information technology can be used in this regard in phases.
The High Court ordered the Supreme Court Registrar General, secretaries of Public Security Division and Security Services Division, Law and Justice Division Secretary, Inspector General of Police and Inspector General of Prisons to take necessary steps to implement the directives.
The court also asked the officials concerned to inform all the lower courts concerned about the directives.