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HC orders to give Tk 1.5m compensation to Jaha Alam

| Updated: September 30, 2020 23:22:05

HC orders to give Tk 1.5m compensation to Jaha Alam

The High Court (HC) on Wednesday ordered Brac Bank authorities to give Taka 1.5m as compensation to Jaha Alam, an innocent man who languished in jail for three years after getting wrongly accused in 26 cases, reports BSS.

A High Court division virtual bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader passed the order, asking the bank authorities to give the money within one month of getting the copy of today’s order, reports BSS.

The matter was kept on CAV (curia advisory vault, a Latin legal term meaning the court awaits verdict) on February 12, after the end of hearing on that day.

The High Court last year issued the rule on its own initiative, asking as to why it shall not pass order to compensate Jaha Alam, who was thrown behind bars for three years in an identity mix-up.

A total of 33 cases were filed against one Abu Salek for misappropriating around Taka 185 million of Sonali Bank. The ACC filed charge sheet in 26 of those cases, identifying Jaha Alam as Abu Salek.

Jaha Alam at that time went to ACC office and pleaded not guilty, saying he is not Abu Salek. His plea, however, went unheard. Jaha Alam was arrested in the cases on February 6, 2016, and had been languishing in jail.

A national daily reported on the sufferings of Alam and Supreme Court lawyer Amit Dasgupta drew the court’s attention to that.

A High Court division bench comprising Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader on February 3, 2019, ordered to release Jaha Alam from jail, and also asked to acquit Alam from 26 graft cases, where he was wrongly implicated.

He was released from jail the next day.

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