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POST TIME: 19 March, 2019 12:37:15 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 19 March, 2019 08:45:15 AM
ACC to seek stay on Jaha Alam film
STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

ACC to seek stay on Jaha Alam film

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is going to file a petition before the High Court (HC) today, seeking a stay order on making of a film based on the story of the wrongly imprisoned Jaha Alam. ACC lawyer advocate Khurshid Alam Khan yesterday (Monday) told reporters on the Supreme Court (SC) premises that the commission would file a petition seeking a restriction on making of a film based on the story of Jaha Alam's incarceration. He also said that recently they have seen the news of a film based on Jaha Alam's experience, but the fact is the case is still under trial. As per the law, no one is allowed to make a film on any sub-judice matter. "That is why we are going to file the petition," Khan added. In 2014, the ACC prosecuted one Abu Saleque in 26 cases on charges related to loan fraud, involving Tk. 185 million from Sonali Bank.

Officials of the bank, however, identified Jaha Alam as Saleque and the jute mill worker was arrested in 2016. Later, the HC issued a suo motu order to free Jaha Alam following a report published in a national daily and aired on a television in February.

Jaha Alam was freed from Gazipur’s Kashimpur Jail after serving three years in prison over the false cases. Filmmaker Maria Tushar had told the media that she wanted to make a film based on a story from Jaha Alam’s life.

Tushar had registered to direct the film at the Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC). Jaha Alam said he has not heard about the film himself. The ACC had submitted an affidavit on March 5 over the Jaha Alam incident.

On March 6, the HC observed that the ACC has to take the responsibility for Jaha Alam’s ordeal, as the commission could not take any step to secure his bail even after getting proof of his innocence in the case.

After expressing dissatisfaction over the ACC’s role, the HC also directed the commission to submit the 18 bank documents and 33 case documents relating to the Tk. 18 crore scam of Sonali bank.

The HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader came up with the observations and directive during a hearing in the case. The HC also asked the graft watchdog to appear before High Court with all relevant documents by April 10.

MK