POST TIME: 22 June, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 21 June, 2018 09:38:39 PM
Firm position against fake bails

Firm position against fake bails

A grave anomaly has come to the notice of the judiciary – providing watered down information on crimes committed to secure a bail. This is disquieting because criminals, with the help of unscrupulous lawyers plus corrupt officials, can erase certain transgressions, hoodwink the legal system and come out within a short time. The impact of this is twofold – on one side, a culture of corrupt practice takes hold within the judicial system and, on the other, law breakers can easily mock the legal system, going back to crimes with renewed audacity.

Reportedly, in Chittagong recently, two persons were caught with 90 thousand pieces of Yaba and, when their trial began, bail was requested, withholding the actual reason for their arrest. The men went free though the subterfuge was soon discovered; thankfully, the High Court has ordered re-investigation. It won’t be wrong to assume that, if one case relating to drugs saw narcotics dealers out in the open due to a diluted bail petition, then this has been a standard procedure for a long time.

The recent Chittagong case exposes the actual reason as to why drug dealers caught by the police are back on the streets so fast and, with little worry. In another case, the High Court banned a Supreme Court lawyer when that person secured bail for two persons convicted of rape by furnishing false information. At a time when the country is fighting a war against the threat of Yaba, affecting all segments of society, a flaw in the legal sphere, allowed to proliferate, can severely undermine the effort to curb drug dealing.

It’s believed that the High Court, troubled by this depraved culture, has asked the CID to look into it. Hopefully, the investigating body will submit a report swiftly since time is of the essence here. It’s common sense that unless there are venal elements within the legal system, bail forgery in its various manifestations, would not have been possible; there are people who are abetting criminals to avail this chance and secure freedom.

Therefore, the only step is strict punishment; the authority must take a non-compromising stance. At the same time, society expects a lawyer to have the conscience to defend what s/he feels is right and for the greater good of the community. Unfortunately, the legal aid service has lost much of its virtuous flair, descending into murky waters where the division between good and bad are swept aside for instant profit.