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HC asks ACC to submit probe report on Jahalam by May 2

  • Published at 02:13 am April 18th, 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

The court also orders the anti-graft watchdog to submit the files of 33 cases

The High Court has asked the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to submit by May 2 its internal investigation report on Jahalam, who languished in jail for three years instead of the real accused in corruption cases.

The bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader on Wednesday also said it will look into matter of who actually was responsible for Jahalam’s imprisonment, reports UNB.

Deputy Attorney General Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar stood for the state and lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan argued for the ACC, while Advocate Amit Das Gupta represented Jahalam.

During the hearing, the court asked Khurshid whether the ACC probe committee has prepared its probe report. Khurshid replied in the negative.

Then the court ordered submission of the report after finalizing it, saying: "We will look into who is responsible. The report is very important. Submit the files of the 33 cases."

After the hearing, the ACC lawyer said: “ACC's internal investigation is going on. The committee was given 20 days. Later, they sought seven more days.”

On March 6, the court had asked for detailed documents of the 33 cases, in which Jahalam was incarcerated, and bank statements as affidavits within April 10.

On April 10, the court fixed April 17 following a time petition submitted by Khurshid.

Jahalam was freed from jail on February 4 after the High Court acquitted him in 26 cases in which charges were levelled against him.

The jute mill worker had been behind in jail since February 2016 in the ACC cases for misappropriating Sonali Bank money. The real accused, Abu Salek, is still absconding.

Jahalam was released after the High Court issued a suo moto order following media reports and asked the ACC to submit case documents in the form of affidavits.