Teacher in jail due to court officials’ mistakes

M Moneruzzaman

Tanim Islam Chowdhury, a 35 year old teacher running TOFEL and IELTS courses for students seeking education abroad, suffered detention in jail for 15 days due to mistakes of court officials.
As the court officials wrote a wrong case number in the High Court’s bail order, the chief metropolitan magistrate’s court did not forward the bail order to Dhaka Central Jail.
On September 6, Tanim was granted six months’ ad-interim bail by a bench of Justice AKM Abdul Hakim and Justice Ashish Ranjan Das in a case filed against him for the recovery of 14 passports from his residence at Mirpur, said court officials.
Tanim’s lawyer Shariful Islam Ujjal told New Age that his client’s bail order was not sent to the Dhaka Central Jail by the court of Dhaka chief metropolitan magistrate which on scrutiny detected the ‘wrong general registrar number’ in the bail order on September 10.
On September 17, after a fresh hearing the bail order was corrected.
The corrected bail order is yet to reach the CMM’s court, said Tanim’s wife Nasimun Nahar.
Since the mistake occurred, she and Tanim’s brother-in-law Ziaul Huq Babu had to shuttle between the High Court and the CMM’s court to get the error corrected.
The Rapid Action Battalion-3 arrested Tanim at his residence on June 4 on the charge of keeping the passport of students aspiring to study abroad.
RAB had gone to get him in a case relating to bouncing of a cheque.
RAB framed him in the passport case after seeing his students’ passports at his home.

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