COMPENSATION TO JAHALAM

Appellate Div dismisses ACC appeal

Staff Correspondent | Published: 14:22, May 13,2019 | Updated: 00:42, May 14,2019

 
 

The Supreme Court of Bangladesh. — UNB file photo

The Appellate Division on Monday dismissed the prayers of the Anti-Corruption Commission to stay the High Court Division’s proceedings in its suo moto rule directing the ACC to explain why it would not be asked to pay compensation to 32-year old Jahalam for wrongfully arrest and detaining in jail for three and half years in 33 bank loan cases.
The Appellate Division cleared the way for the High Court Division’s bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader to proceed against the ACC in the matter of payment of compensations to Jahalam.
A four-judge bench of the Appellate Division led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain scolded ACC for showing the audacity to challenge the High Court’s suo moto powers.
‘You crossed the limits,’ the Chief Justice told the ACC.
Jahalam’s lawyer and Supreme Court Bar Association president AM Amin Uddin called it shocking to falsely implicate innocent jute mill worker Jahalam in Tk 18 crore bank embezzlement case.
Amin Uddin submitted that the ACC ought to pay the compensations for wrongfully arresting and detaining innocent Jahalam for which he also lost the job on monthly wage of Tk 1,800.
On May 2, the High Court Division could not hear Jahalam’s statement and the ACC did not submit all the documents about the 33 corruption cases in which he was falsely implicated.
Since March 6, the ACC missed three deadlines to submit the documents.
The real offender of the bank defalcation 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.
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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