ACC blames own officials for Jaha Alam's wrong detention

It also accuses banks for misleading investigators

Published: July 11, 2019 19:47:54 | Updated: July 12, 2019 10:48:31

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday submitted its probe report to the High Court stating that their investigation officers mistakenly identified Jaha Alam as Abu Salek.

Jaha Alam languished in jail for three years instead of the real accused in 26 corruption cases.

The ACC also accused BRAC Bank and other banks for misleading the investigators.

ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam filed the report before the bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader and sought time. The court fixed July 23 for the next hearing, reports UNB.

Deputy Attorney General ABM Abdullah Al Mahmud Basar stood for the state while Advocate Md Asaduzzaman represented BRAC Bank.

The court on June 27 directed the ACC to submit a report on July 11 on whether they have any liability in the case of Jaha Alam.

Earlier on March 6, the court asked for detailed documents of 33 cases, in which Jaha Alam was incarcerated, and bank statements as affidavits within April 10.

Jaha Alam was freed from jail on February 4 after the High Court acquitted him in 26 cases in which charges had been pressed.

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

Jaha Alam was released after the High Court issued a suo-moto order and asked the ACC to submit case documents in the form of affidavits.

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