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23 April, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 22 April, 2019 11:48:14 PM
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Another case of mistaken identity

Innocent Arman in jail like Jaha Alam

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

A High Court (HC) bench is likely to hold hearing today on a writ petition filed for releasing Md Arman, whose story is identical to that of Jaha Alam, who languished in jail for three years in place of the real accused in 26 corruption cases. The HC bench, comprising Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul Alam, is likely to hold a hearing on the petition today, lawyers concerned said.

Barrister Humayun Kabir Pallab had, on April 21, filed the petition before the related branch of the HC, seeking its directive to the government for releasing Arman, a Banarasi weaver by profession, who has been rotting in jail for the last three years only because his father’s name matched with that of a drug trader’s father.

Pallab filed the writ petition on behalf of the Law and Life Foundation, a human rights body, saying Arman has been languishing in jail for three years in place of the real accused Shahabuddin Bihari in connection with a drug case.

The petition sought compensation for Arman and pleaded that a rule should be issued, asking why his confinement should not be declared illegal.

According to the documents, Arman was arrested by the police because his father’s name matched with that of drug trader Shahabuddin Bihari’s father.

The police produced Arman before a lower court as Bihari and the court sentenced him to 10 years' imprisonment. But drug trader Shahabuddin Bihari is still at large and is running his business as usual.

Earlier, a similar incident of mistaken identity had happened in the case of Jaha Alam. The person was arrested on February 6, 2016 after he was mistaken for Abu Salek, the real accused in 26 cases that the ACC had filed in 2014 over loan fraud and embezzlement of Tk. 18.5 crore from Sonali Bank. Jaha Alam was finally released from jail in February this after an HC order following newspaper reports on the matter.

 

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