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High Court orders immediate release of wrongly accused Jahalam

  • Published at 02:28 pm February 3rd, 2019
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

With this latest court order, there is no bar for Jahalam’s release

The High Court has directed jail authorities to immediately release jute factory worker Jahalam who had been sent to jail three years ago, instead of the real accused, in 26 corruption cases.

The bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader passed the order on Sunday, after hearing a rule over the legality of Jahalam’s imprisonment.

The court passed the order after the director general of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), plaintiff of the cases and two other government officials appeared before it to provide explanation.

Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan moved for the ACC while lawyer Amit Das Gupta moved for Jahalam in court.

Following the court order, Amit Das Gupta said: “The High Court has exempted Jahadalam in 26 cases. However, the court has not given any order regarding seven other cases against Jahalam as no charge-sheets had been filed in those cases.”

With this latest court order, there is no bar for Jahalam’s release, he added. 

ACC lawyer Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan told the court that the commission has done a mistake by accusing Jahalam in the cases. 

The commission has already submitted an application to the lower court concerned to exonerate Jahalam from the cases, he said.

During the hearing, the High court told the ACC: “The developing trend of Bangladesh will be cemented if the commission works in a free and fair manner. Otherwise, the country will go backward.” 

Earlier on January 29, The High Court summoned a director of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and three other government officials to explain why a person named Jahalam, instead of the real accused, had been in jail for the past three years. 

ACC investigation officer of the cases, plaintiff Zahid and two other representatives from the home and law ministries were also present during the hearing.