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HC verdict on Jahalam`s compensation on Sept 29

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Published: 12:54, 23 September 2020   Update: 13:18, 23 September 2020
HC verdict on Jahalam`s compensation on Sept 29

The verdict on the rule over compensation for innocent jute mill worker Jahalam, who was in jail for the last three years instead of the real accused in 26 corruption cases, will be announced on September 29 (Tuesday).

The case has been placed at No. 1 in the cause list published on Wednesday (September 23).

High Court bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahsan and Justice KM Kamrul Quader is set to announce the judgement on the rule.

The case was put on CAV after a hearing on the rule on February 12. That means the verdict will be announced any day.

Lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan stood for Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) at the hearing while Barrister Sheikh Mohammad Asaduzzaman and Barrister Zakir Hossain stood for BRAC Bank Limited and Sonali Bank respectively.

In January last year, a national daily published a report titled “Wrong accused in jail in 33 cases: Sir I am Jahlam, not Salek.” Supreme Court lawyer Amit Das Gupta produced the report before the court.

The High Court bench summoned the Anti-Corruption Commission officials and four others, including the plaintiff, to explain the matter. The court also issued a rule.

Later, on February 3 of the same year, the High Court ordered the release of Jahalam after his appearance. He also wanted to know about the incident in the form of an affidavit from the ACC. According to the order, the ACC presented it in the form of an affidavit.

Later, the ACC was directed to file FIRs, charge sheets, supplementary charge sheets and documents of all banks in 33 cases of bank loan fraud.

Following this, the High Court sought a report from the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on April 17 to find out who was responsible for the Jahalam incident. Later, the reports of ACC, BRAC Bank, and Sonali Bank were submitted to the court.

The report said Jahlam, a jute mill worker, has been serving in jail in place of real accused Abu Salek in 33 cases of embezzling Tk 18 crore from Sonali Bank.


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