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Verdict on Jahalam`s compensation on Sep 29

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 10:48 AM, 23 September 2020   Updated: 10:59 AM, 23 September 2020

Verdict on Jahalam`s compensation on Sep 29

Verdict on Jahalam`s compensation on Sep 29

The verdict on the rule over compensation for innocent jute mill worker Jahalam will be announced on September 29, who was in jail for the last three years instead of the real accused in 26 corruption cases.

In the agenda published on Wednesday, the case has been placed at No. 1 in the High Court bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahsan and Justice KM Kamrul Quader.

The bench was constituted for the judgment of 5 cases including this one. The bench will sit from September 29 to October 1.

ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan said, "I saw the cause list today." The case has been kept as the number one item for the verdict on September 29.

The case was put on CAV after a hearing on the rule on February 12. That means the verdict may announce any day.

Lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan stood for ACC at the hearing while Barrister Sheikh Mohammad Asaduzzaman and Barrister Zakir Hossain stood for BRAC Bank Limited and Sonali Bank respectively.

On 12 February, Khurshid Alam Khan said that the hearing on the rule issued on compensation for Jahlam had been completed. The court has reserved the CAV for the verdict. That means the verdict will be announced any day.

In January last year, a national daily published a report titled “Wrong accused in jail in 33 cases: Sir I am Jahlam, not Salek.” Supreme Court lawyer Amit Das Gupta produced the report before the court.

The High Court bench summoned the Anti-Corruption Commission officials and four others, including the plaintiff, to explain the matter. The court also issued a rule.

Later, on February 3 of the same year, the High Court ordered the release of Jahalam after his appearance. He also wanted to know about the incident in the form of an affidavit from the ACC. According to the order, the ACC presented it in the form of an affidavit.

Later, the ACC was directed to file FIRs, charge sheets, supplementary charge sheets and documents of all banks in 33 cases of bank loan fraud.

Following this, the High Court sought a report from the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on April 17 to find out who was responsible for the Jahalam incident. Later, the reports of ACC, BRAC Bank, and Sonali Bank were submitted to the court.

The report said Jahlam, a jute mill worker, has been serving in jail in place of real accused Abu Salek in 33 cases of embezzling Tk 18 crore from Sonali Bank.