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SC stays HC proceedings in Jaha Alam case till May 13

Published : Wednesday, 24 April, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 570

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday stayed till May 13 the High Court (HC) proceedings on the rule regrading compensation to Jaha Alam, who served three years in jail after being wrongly accused in a loan fraud case by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
Chamber judge of the Appellate Division Md Nuruzzaman passed the stay order following a petition filed by the ACC, seeking stay on the HC hearing on the issue. The court forwarded the stay petition to the full bench of the apex court for hearing on May 13.
The ACC sued and arrested Jaha Alam, a jute mill worker, in place of another person, Abu Salek, who allegedly misappropriated huge money from different banks, including Sonali Bank.
He had been wrongly languishing in jail since February 2016 and was released on February 4 this year following a HC directive. The HC exonerated him from the charges on February 3.
The ACC submitted the stay petition to the SC on April 21, saying that the HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader, who issued the suo moto (voluntary) rule regrading Jaha Alam, have no jurisdiction to deal with the ACC's cases, ACC's lawyer Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan told journalists.

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