Another case of mistaken identity, HC orders investigation

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Both Kader and Rana share the same address and father’s name, which led to the mistaken arrest

Just like Jaha Alam, a tragically true story of an innocent jute mill worker who was wrongly convicted and imprisoned for three years, another allegation has been raised — of one Abdul Kader being in jail instead of Jewel Rana in a graft case filed by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC).

Both Kader and Rana share the same address and father’s name, which led to the mistaken arrest.

The bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam asked the respondents concerned to conduct an investigation in this regard after defence counsel raised the allegation in a bail petition hearing yesterday.

Dhaka Special Branch superintendent of police, Barisal superintendent of police, and director general of legal and prosecution section of ACC were directed to submit an investigation report within two weeks.

According to the case statement, ACC Assistant Director Md Abdul Wahid filed a case with Shahbagh police station on August 11, 2008 against seven people, including Jewel Rana, for misappropriating TK2,68,74,275 from the Bangshal branch of United Commercial Bank Limited (UCBL) by forging documents.

Later on December 20, 2016, a Dhaka court sentenced five accused, including Jewel Rana, to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment and fined them Tk40 lakh each.

After the conviction police arrested Kader from Barisal on September 18, 2017.

Meanwhile, Kader’s lawyer filed a bail petition with the High Court that noted the arrested person was not Jewel Rana but Abdul Kader.

The defence counsel also submitted necessary documents to confirm the identity of Abdul Kader, including his birth registration certificate, educational certificates and letter of employment.

The court fixed March 5 for the next hearing on this matter.

Advocate Motaher Hossain Saju stood as the defence counsel while Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin Manik represented the state.