Sacked for only Tk 2.5 during Ershad’s regime: FF getting all dues after 40yrs
Published: 03:13 PM, 28 June 2021 Updated: 03:15 PM, 28 June 2021
Md. Obaidul Alam Akon, a Bir Freedom Fighter, who lost his job on charges of selling government jute seeds at a “higher price than Tk 2.5” during the Ershad’s military regime, has finally got all the salaries and allowances of his working life; Photo: Collected
Md. Obaidul Alam Akon, a Bir Freedom Fighter, who lost his job on charges of selling government jute seeds at a “higher price than Tk 2.5” during the Ershad’s military regime, has finally got all the salaries and allowances of his working life in the review verdict of the country’s Supreme Court.
A six-judge virtual appellate bench headed by the Chief Justice on Monday dismissed the Department of Agriculture Extension’s (DAE) appeal seeking reconsideration of the apex court’s verdict.
As a result, 40 years after losing his job, Md. Obaidul Alam Akon, an employee of the then Jute Extension Department, is going to get all the dues including salary, allowance and other benefits, said his lawyer.
During the military rule of General HM Ershad, Patuakhali’s Bauphal resident Bir Freedom Fighter Md. Obaidul Alam Akon lost his job in 1982. The Supreme Court upheld the verdict in his favor.
Lawyer Prabir Niyogi appeared for Md. Obaidul Alam Akon in the court. He was accompanied by lawyer Noman Hossain Talukder. Additional Attorney General SK Morshed was heard for the state.
It is learned that Md. Obaidul Alam Akon, an assistant of jute extension, was arrested on April 15, 1982, on charges of selling government jute seeds at a “higher price than Tk 2.5” during the Ershad’s military regime. Then, on September 27 of that year, Ershad’s military court fired Akon and sentenced him to two months in jail and a fine of Tk 1,000.
About 30 years later, Obaidul Alam Akon filed a writ petition in the High Court in 2012 challenging the decision of the military court. In that writ, instructions were sought to get the full salary and allowance with all the facilities from the time of dismissal to the time of retirement.
Following the hearing of the writ petition, the High Court on November 20, 2017, declared Obaidul Alam’s sentence as “illegal”. The verdict directed him to pay all dues including all salaries and allowances till his retirement.
In 2018, the DAE appealed against the High Court’s verdict. The Appellate Division then gave its verdict on March 8, 2020 – where the part regarding the declaration of invalidity of the sentence by the military court was omitted and upheld the High Court verdict.
However, the DAE appealed a review of the verdict. The six-judge Appellate Division headed by the Chief Justice dismissed the appeal today.