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HC orders to introduce biometric system at all prisons, police stations

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 02:37 PM, 9 September 2021   Updated: 07:28 PM, 9 September 2021

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In order to properly identify the accused of cases, the High Court on Thursday directed to introduce biometric system at all prisons and police stations across the country in phases. 

The HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman handed down the order. 

The home ministry and the jail authorities have been asked to take necessary steps to introduce biometric data management system through the imaging of fingerprints, palm and iris of the accused. 

Mugshot of the accused must be preserved in the data bank after arrest, the HC said.

The HC also declared an arrest warrant, wrongly issued by a lower court against one Mohammad Zahir Uddin in a subversion case, as "illegal".  

The bench delivered the verdict following a writ petition filed by Zahir Uddin from Noakhali's Basurhat area, challenging the legality of a Dhaka court order that issued the arrest warrant against him in the case filed with Khilgaon Police Station in Dhaka in 2013. 

Lawyer Mohammad Shishir Manir appeared for Zahir Uddin, a vice-principal of a private academic institution, while Deputy Attorney General Bepul Bagmar represented the state during the court proceedings.

Recently, the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) submitted an inquiry report to the HC, saying that Zahir Uddin is not the real accused of the case. 

The actual accused of the case is Modassir Ansari alias Mohaddes, who is now absconding, the PBI said in the probe report.

The PBI conducted the inquiry following a directive passed by the HC on March 10 last year. On that day, the HC also stayed the lower court order that had issued the arrest warrant against Zahir Uddin in the subversion case.