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No bar on holding Jahalam's compensation hearing

  • Published at 12:32 pm May 13th, 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 Supreme Court has dismissed the ACC's stay petition on compensating Jahalam

The Supreme Court has dismissed a stay petition on compensating Jahalam, who was wrongly imprisoned, for three years, in a case of mistaken identity.

A four-member bench of the Appellate Division—headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain—passed the order yesterday after hearing a petition filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

Advocate AM Amin Uddin and Amit Dasgupta represented Jahalam in court. Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan represented the ACC.

Advocate Amit Dasgupta said there is now no bar to continue the hearing for Jahalam's compensation with the same High Court bench now.

On 23 April, the Supreme Court Chamber Judge Md Nuruzzaman has stayed the proceedings of the Jahalam case in High Court till May 13.

The petition was filed by the ACC on the grounds that the High Court bench that was dealing with the case does not have jurisdiction to hear such suo moto rules.

The ACC lawyer said there is another bench for hearing the ACC's case in the High Court.

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

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

On January 28, in a suo moto ruling, the High Court summoned: a representative of the commission chairman, the cases’ plaintiff and Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) investigation officer, and two other representatives from the home and law ministries; to explain why Jahalam— instead of the real accused — had been in jail for the past three years.