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A high court judge on Friday reprimanded Hare Street police station for not acting on a complaint accusing a man of forging signatures of at least two judges to dupe people.

Bikash Singh, the accused, was arrested earlier this month by Girish Park police station on the charge of forging the signature of a high court judge.

The complaint lodged with Hare Street police station in November stated that Singh had forged the signature of Justice Sanjib Banerjee. Singh has not been arrested in the case.

“It’s a matter of shame that even after receiving such a serious complaint, Hare Street police did not show enough interest in arresting the offender,” Justice Dipankar Dutta said when the case related to the complaint lodged with Girish Park police station came up for hearing.

The judge asked the officer-in-charge of Hare Street police station to produce the case diary on July 14.

Phiroz Edulji, the lawyer for Santana Roy, on whose complaint Singh had been arrested, mentioned the other complaint against Singh when the case came up for hearing before Justice Dutta.

“Singh is a habitual offender. What he does is a serious crime. The high court should direct the CBI to take over the probe against Singh,” Edulji submitted.

Roy’s complaint stated that Singh had duped her of Rs 1.1 lakh by forging the signature of Justice Indira Banerjee.

Singh had allegedly posed as a lawyer and promised Roy to ensure bail for her brother against a payment of Rs 1.5 lakh. Roy paid Singh Rs 1.1 lakh as advance. In February, Singh showed her a bail order purportedly signed by Justice Banerjee. An inquiry revealed the order was fake.