The Appellate Division on Tuesday stayed until May 13 further proceedings in High Court Division’s suo moto ruling which had directed the Anti-Corruption Commission to explain why it would not be asked to pay compensations to Jahalam, 32, victim of wrongful arrest and detention for three years in 33 bank loan cases.
Appellate Division’s chamber judge Md Nuruzzaman stayed the proceeding following ACC’s and set May 13 to hear the appeal by the full bench.
On May 2, the High Court Division was set to hear Jahalam’s statement and the ACC was directed to submit all the documents about the 33 corruption cases in which Jahalam was falsely implicated.
Since March 6, the ACC failed to submit at three hearings the documents.
The ACC in its appeal submitted that the bench of Justice Nazmul Ahasan and Justice Kamrul Kader had no jurisdiction to free Jahalam from the jail and issued the suo moto ruling on January 18 asking ACC to explain why it would not be directed to pay compensations to the victims.
At a news briefing, Supreme Court lawyer Amit Das Gupta who was assisting the High Court in Jahalam’ matter, reminded ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan that he admitted at HC hearing that the ACC had committed mistakes by falsely implicating innocent Jahalam in 33 cases in the same bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader.
At an earlier hearing, the ACC in an affidavit tried to shift the responsibility of falsely implicating Jahalam by keeping real culprit Abu Salek out of the case, on Bangladesh Bank, Sonali Bank, Agrani Bank, BRAC Bank, United Commercial Bank and City Bank.
The real offender Abu Salek is hiding in India after borrowing Tk 18.72 crore from the cantonment branch of state owned Sonali Bank in 2010 using the National Identity Card of Jahalam.
Abu Salek was a data processing staff at the server of the National Identity Card Wing of the Election Commission.
After midnight of February 3, Jahalam was freed from the Kashimpur Central Jail after the bench acquitted him of the 33 cases.
The incident of gross miscarriage of justice was detected by the National Human Right Commission on April 22, 2018 when its chairman met Jahalam inside the Kashimpur Central Jail.
Jahalam of Dhubria, Sakin Nagar, Tangail was a worker of Ghorasal Jute Mill and after the wrongful arrest he was sacked.
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