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Fraud held after court rap on cops

A man who allegedly pretended to be a lawyer and forged a high court order to dupe a homemaker of Rs 1.1 lakh has been arrested after Calcutta High Court directed police to take action against him.

Bikash Singh, a resident of north Calcutta, was rounded up early on Thursday.

The high court had expressed its displeasure over the role of officers of Girish Park police station, where a complaint was lodged against the accused three months ago.

Singh was remanded in police custody till July 11 after the homemaker’s lawyer, Phiroz Edulji, opposed his bail plea.

“The accused had committed the same crime (forging a court order) last year. He is a habitual offender,” Edulji mentioned in his submission.

According to the complaint, Singh, a resident of Piyali Das Lane in the Girish Park area, posed as lawyer to Salt Lake resident Santana Roy and assured her that he would arrange bail for her brother against a payment of Rs 1.5 lakh.

Roy’s brother Tapas Biswas is lodged in Presidency jail in connection with a dacoity.

Roy was convinced by Singh’s claim and handed him Rs 1.1 lakh as advance.

“In February, Singh gave her a copy of what he claimed was a high court order. The so-called order stated that Biswas had been released on bail against a payment of Rs 10,000 as security bond. When the jail authorities refused to release Biswas, Roy again contacted Singh. He gave her a letter purportedly signed by the Presidency jail superintendent, saying Biswas would be released on April 4,” said Edulji.

Roy later learnt that both the high court order and the letter were forged.