A total of 5,000 cases over counterfeit currency were still pending, the Awami League leader told Parliament on Tuesday.
He said the criminals usually came out of jails and rejoined the crime nexus as a means of earning easy money.
“I think a special tribunal should be floated to quickly try fake-note cases and punish the criminals,” he said, adding that the counterfeit notes would flood the market otherwise.
He said the criminals shifted into overdrive to produce fake notes worth ‘millions of taka’ with Eid as their target.
“A US State Department report blames HuJI (Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami) for producing counterfeit notes.”
He praised the Awami League government for banning the group during the regime’s previous term in 2008.
He said criminals had adopted new strategies to evade detection.
“They remain on the run due to law-enforcing agencies’ drives against them, especially those of RAB and (Detective Branch of police) but keep pursuing criminal activities.”
He referred to the arrest of several people with counterfeit notes in Kafrul.
“It is regretful that the criminals hardly get any punishment. They are released, or released on bail, after days of detentions.”
The MP attracted Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury’s attention and requested her to issue necessary rules on the matter.