Going forward, plaintiffs or complainants must submit a copy of their National Identity Card (NID) to file a case in police stations or courts from now on, the High Court (HC) ruled on Monday.
A virtual HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman issued the rule following a hearing of a writ petition, to put a halt to the filing of fake cases.
The writ petition sought the HC's directive to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to find the plaintiffs of 49 'fake cases' against Ekramul Ahsan Kanchan, a resident of Shantinagar in the capital.
The HC directed the CID to investigate the plaintiffs in the 'fake' cases against Kanchan and submit a report within the next 60 days.
Senior advocate Zainul Abedin and advocate Emadul Haque Basir appeared for the writ petition, while Deputy Attorney General Bipul Bagmar represented the state at the hearing.
Earlier, on 7 June, Kanchan filed the writ petition after 49 cases were filed against him on various charges including abuse of women, rape, theft, and human trafficking. Kanchan also demanded compensation in the writ petition.
He said the plaintiffs used fake addresses in filing the cases. Hence, they could not be traced.
In the writ petition, 40 people including the home secretary, IGP, additional inspector general (SB), additional inspector general (CID), director general of RAB, and the Dhaka police commissioner were made defendants.