Police officials have been asked to dispose of court orders within seven days of their receipt as authorities in emergency-ruled Bangladesh spearhead a campaign to uproot widely alleged corruption and dilly-dallying in field-level police administration, reports said in Dhaka on Monday.
The Daily Star newspaper said Metropolitan Police authorities issued the directive due to allegations that sub-inspectors assigned to investigate cases following court orders often delay the probes and intimidate both victims and offenders for bribe, and at times submit biased inquiry reports favouring the offenders.
Police sources said the arrest of a police sub-inspector earlier this month for taking Taka 5,000 bribe from a person in exchange for submitting a report in his favour was the trigger which prompted authorities to take the decision.
In most such cases, people file cases with the courts on political matters, land ownership and even assault, after which the courts order OCs to investigate the matter and report it back within a certain period of time.
Court sources said in many cases the police delay submission of the investigation reports to the court even for years. Sometimes they seek extension of time for the task.
According to court records there were cases when police did not at all submit the reports of cases where politically influential people were the accused.
Senior police officials admitted that during earlier regimes, the police never dared to submit reports against accused leaders and activists of the ruling party.