The High Court today said the achievements of the entire police force have come under question due to misconduct and corruption of five percent of officials.
The court said, "They have taken it for granted that their corruption will go unpunished."
The High Court bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Quader came up with the observation while hearing a writ petition filed against the police.
After hearing the plea, the bench directed the inspector general of police to conduct an investigation against five police officials, including Assistant Sub-inspector Mostafizur Rahman of Uttara East Police Station.
It also issued a ruling asking why the authorities concerned will not take legal action against them.
The IGP has been asked to respond to the ruling and inform about the progress of the investigation within 15 days.
Deputy Attorney General ABM Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar said on the night of June 25 while some people were returning home by separate rickshaws from Uttara's Vooter Adda Restaurant, five police officers, led by SI Mostafizur Rahman, reportedly stopped the rickshaws and threatened them that if they did not give Tk20,000, police would detain and send them to prison.
The police officials released them after getting Tk6,000 instantly. They, however, kept pressurising the victims in many ways for the rest of the money.
The victims later filed a writ petition with the High Court challenging the incident seeking directives to take actions against the accused police officers.