The High Court has set October 31 for the final hearing on the writ challenging the wrongful accusation of a man named Jahalam, a jute mill worker. Jahalam, who is from Tangail, had been behind bars for three years in cases filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission.
The High Court bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahsan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader set the date on Thursday. Lawyer Md Khurshid Alam Khan moved for the Anti-Corruption Commission while Deputy Attorney General Barrister ABM Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar represented the state.
Previously on July 11, the Anti-Corruption Commission submitted a report to the High Court explaining the wrongful accusation of Jahalam in 26 cases. The report detailed the negligence of the Anti-Corruption Commission and bank officials, and the involvement of a gang of embezzlers.
The Anti-Corruption Commission filed 33 cases over the embezzlement of Tk18 crore from Sonali Bank by cheque fraud. The lawsuits were filed against a man named Salek. However, Jahalam was shown arrested in 26 cases even though the police indicted Salek in 26 cases.
Jahalam's misery came to light when a national daily ran a report titled "Wrongfully accused in 33 cases, I'm Jahalam, not Salek." Supreme Court lawyer Amit Dasgupta presented the report at court. Meanwhile, jute mill worker Jahalam had served three years behind bars.
The High Court later issued a suo moto and heard the explanations of four people, including the representative of the Anti-Corruption Commission chairman, over the 26 cases. The High Court granted bail to Jahalam and continued the hearing on updates of the Anti-Corruption Commission investigation.