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ACC claims no liability for Jahalam fiasco

  • Published at 07:41 pm March 5th, 2019
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File photo of jute factory worker Jahalam, who has spent the last three years in jail instead of the real accused in 33 graft cases Focus Bangla

In a report filed with the High Court on Tuesday, the graft watchdog held the bank responsible for the fiasco

The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) said it is not responsible for the wrongful imprisonment of Jahalam, who served three years in prison on charges of loan fraud and embezzlement of Tk18.5 crore from Sonali Bank Limited.

In a report filed with the High Court on Tuesday, the graft watchdog held the bank responsible for the fiasco.

It said that loans are given based on records from Bangladesh Bank and Sonali Bank and the investigators played no part in it.

ACC counsel Khurshid Alam Khan said that the report sought to make Bangladesh Bank, Sonali Bank, United Commercial Bank Limited (UCBL), and City Bank parties in the matter.

Saying that the hearing of a rule on the matter will take place on Wednesday, he added: “The court will decide who is responsible after the hearing.”

Jahalam was arrested in 2016 after he was mistaken for one Abu Salek who was accused in 33 cases filed by the ACC over loan fraud and embezzling nearly Tk18.5 crore from Sonali Bank.

The ACC summoned jute mill worker Jahalam over the matter five years ago through a letter sent to his Tangail residence. He was then produced in court where he pleaded innocent saying that he was not Salek.

He was released on February 4, a day after it was brought to the High Court’s attention that he was serving time instead of Salek.