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The High Court on Tuesday fixed Wednesday to pass an order on a writ petition seeking directives for releasing Badal Farazi (28) who as a victim of miscarriage of justice served 10 years in India’s Tihar jail in a murder case.
The two-member HC bench of Justice JBM Hasan and Justice Md Khairul Alam fixed the date after hearing a writ petition filed on July 8 by two lawyers. The writ also asked why the confinement of Badal Farazi who has been kept now in Keraniganj Central Jail should not be termed illegal. After serving in Indian jail for 10 years in a murder case, Bangladeshi youth Badal Farazi was brought back home on Friday (July 6) under a bilateral treaty on ‘Transfer of Sentenced Prisoners’. The secretaries of home, law, foreign affairs and IG prison were made defendants in the writ. Barrister Humayun Kabir and Barrister Kawser stood for the petitioner while Deputy Attorney General Masud Hasan Chowdhury Porag for the state.
The court also asked the petitioners to submit case documents and necessary files. The court will pass its order after examining the files. Hailing from Mongla port area, Badal Farazi, went to India on July 13, 2008, via the Benapole border with a valid passport and visa. Soon after entering Haridaspur, he was arrested by the Indian border force, BSF, over a murder on the Indian side. Indian police had been searching for a person called Badal Singh over the killing of a senior citizen at the Amar Colony in Delhi on May 6, 2008. Badal, whose academic life ended after class eight, was not fluent in English or Hindi to make the BSF understand that he was the wrong person.
He was arrested for the similarity of his name with that of an accused in a murder case.
In 2015, Badal was handed life sentence by a Delhi court. The hapless man, with the help from the Bangladesh High Commission, challenged the verdict at the Supreme Court, which dismissed the case.
Later, an Indian social worker, Rahul Kapoor began a crusade to have Badal released. Rahul, a Phd student at Delhi University, met Badal when he went to Tihar jail to work for inmates’ rehabilitation.