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HC orders release of a wrong prisoner in jail for 3 years
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HC orders release of a wrong prisoner in jail for 3 years

The High Court on Monday directed the jail authorities to immediately release Jaha Alam who was in jail for the last three years instead of the real accused in 26 corruption cases.
The HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader gave the order to free Jaha Alam and also fixed February 6 for further hearing on the rule.
The HC bench came up with the order after the director general of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), plaintiff of the cases and two other government officials appeared before it in line with its previous directive.
ACC lawyer Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan told the court that the commission has done a mistake by accusing Jaha Alam in the cases. The commission has already submitted an application to the lower court concerned to exonerate Jaha Alam from the cases, he said.
Earlier on January 28, the same bench of the HC summoned the director (law) of the ACC and three other government officials to appear before it on February 3 for explaining their position over a wrong man being in jail custody for the last three years, in place of the real accused in 33 cases.
The three other officials are representative of the ACC chairman and secretaries of the law and home ministries. The HC bench also issued a rule, asking the authorities concerned to explain why the detention of Jahlam in jail custody for the last three years should not be declared illegal.
In a suo motu move, the HC bench also asked them to appear before it by 10:30am on February 3.
It also issued a rule, asking the ACC and the government to explain why Jahlam should not be relieved of the cases in which he is not the original accused.
The HC bench came up with the order after Supreme Court lawyer Advocate Amit Das Gupta placed a report before the bench which was pubilished in a national daily yesterday under the headline, “Wrong accused in jail in 33 cases: Sir I am Jahlam, not Salek.” According to the report, Jahlam, a jute mill worker, has been serving time in jail in place of one Abu Salek.
Abu Salek has around 33 cases filed against him, reports Prothom Alo.
One of the cases was filed for misappropriating Tk. 18 crore from Sonali Bank through forgery. Jahlam would have completed three years in prison on February 6.
He was arrested from the jute mill in Ghorashal where he worked on February 6, 2016. – Staff Reporter

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