The High Court (HC) has fixed Wednesday to pronounce its verdict on paying compensation to jute mill worker Jahalam, who languished in jail for three years instead of real accused in a case filed for embezzlement of bank money.
A division bench comprised of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahsan and Justice KM Kamrul Quader fixed the date in a virtual court on Tuesday (September 29).
However, the court was scheduled to issue the verdict on Tuesday.
Earlier, the court kept the issue as case awaiting verdict (CAV), completing hearing on rule on February 12.
Hailing from Tangail, Jahlam languished in jail for three years in 33 cases instead of real culprit Abu Salek, who was involved in embezzlement of Tk 18 crore from Sonali Bank.
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) was first to hold an investigation into confinement of Jahalam and disclosed his innocence.
The HC took cognizance of the matter following a newspaper report that innocent suffers due to faults of other.
The High Court passed a suo moto order following the newspaper report. Lawyer Amit Das Gupta drew the court’s attention to the news item.
Jahalam was enlarged on bail granted by the apex court on February 3.
BDST: 1157 HRS, SEP 29, 2020