Dhaka, Sept 9 (UNB) – Khaleda Zia’s lawyers on Sunday submitted an application to the Chief Justice requesting him to launch inquiries into what they said the misuse of judicial power in shifting a court to continue the trial of Zia Charitable Trust case against her.
They met Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain and submitted the application urging him to take appropriate actions against the judicial officers who ‘overstepped’.
Former speaker Barrister Muhammad Jamiruddin Sircar, former Attorney General AJ Mohammad Ali, BNP vice Chairman Khandakar Mahbub Hossain, Vice-chairman Advocate Zainul Abedin, BNP joint secretary general Mahbub Uddin Khokon, former minister Mir Mohammad Nasiruddin met the Chief Justice at his Supreme Court chamber and submitted the application.
After the meeting, Advocate Zainul Abedin said, “We said the Supreme Court is the guardian of the constitution and Chief Justice is the guardian of the Supreme Court. According to a rule of the High Court division, the Supreme Court can decide where a court would be settled. Without informing the highest court of the country, the government can’t issue a notice to set up the makeshift court.”
Khaleda Zia is now seriously ill and she is unable to walk, and in this situation, she needs medical treatment first then trial and the government itself is claiming that she is ill, they said.
Immediately after the meeting, Law Minister Anisul Huq entered the camber of the Chief Justice.
After his meeting, the law minister told reporters, “They (BNP lawyers) little idea about the law.”
On September 4, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry issued a gazette notification to hold the trial of Khaleda Zia in the case at the Old Dhaka Central Jail after setting up a makeshift court there.
The BNP chairperson is now at Nazimuddin Road central jail, serving five years' rigorous imprisonment as she was convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on February 8 this year.
Dhaka, Sept 9 (UNB) – The business of Jatiya Sangshad was adjourned on Sunday to mourn the death of two sitting MPs –- opposition chief whip Tajul Islam Chowdhury and former whip S M Mostafa Rashidi Shuja.
Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury adjourned the business for the day just after adopting the condolence motion unanimously over the death of Jatiya Party MP Tajul Islam elected from Kurigram-2 constituency and Awami League MP Shuja elected from Khulna-4 constituency.
As per the tradition, the day’s business of Parliament is adjourned immediately after the adaptation of a condolence motion in case of the death of any sitting MP.
Before passing the condolence motion, a number of MPs, including Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Opposition Leader Raushan Ershad, took part in the discussion on the proposal and recalled the works of seven-time MP Tajul Islam and three-time MP Shuja.
The Speaker moved the condolence motion over the death of the two MPs as well as some noted personalities, including former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former UN Secretary General Kofi Anan, former minister and ex-MP Kalparanjan Chakma, former state minister Mozaffar Hossain and six former MPs.
The six former MPs are Sharif Khasruzzaman, Abdur Rauf Miah, Fazle Elahi, Alfaz Uddin, Principal Abdul Mannan Mandal and Anwar Habib.
Besides, the House expressed its deep shock at the death of Samakal Editor Golam Sarwar and Financial Express Editor AHM Moazzem Hossain, United States Senator John Sidney McCain, Language Movement heroes Dr Halima Khatun and Abdul Baten, noted writer Rama Chowdhury who is well-known as Ekattorer Janani, Executive Editor of Daily Observer Anis Ahmed and Sunamganj municipality mayor Ayub Bakhta Jaglul and some other noted persons.
Taking part in the discussions, the Prime Minister said, “We’ve lost two competent MPs at their death (Shuja and Tajul Islam Choudhury).”
About Shuja who was general secretary of Awami League Khulna district unit, Sheikh Hasina said he was a sports and cultural-minded person. “He was very lovely and competent political leader.”
She said Shuja was tortured mercilessly and he suffered severe injuries as his leg was drilled during the ‘operation clean-heart’ when BNP-Jamaat was in power. His physical condition deteriorated after the torture and died after suffering from various diseases and complications for a long time.
During the operation clean-heart, some 150 AL leaders and workers were killed, she added.
About Tajul Islam, the Prime Minister said he played a bold role in arranging the 2014 general election .He was a popular leader in Kurigram and Rangpur regions, she added.
Hasina said a total of 15 sitting MPs of the 10th parliament died following the death of the two MPs.
The Prime Minister prayed for salvation of the departed souls of Shuja and Tajul Islam Choudhury as well as expressed sympathy to their bereaved family members.
Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Health Minister Mohammad Nasim, State Minister for Rural Development and Cooperatives Moshiur Rahman Ranga, AL MPs Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Shawkat Ali Badsha, newly elected MP from Khulna-4 Abdus Salam Murshedi, and Jatiya Party MPs Kazi Firoz Rashid and Fakhrul Imam, among others, joined the discussion.
Besides, Parliament condoled the death of former president of Dhaka Reporters Unity Mostak Ahmed, ETV Senior Reporter Mamunur Rashid, Bangladesh peacekeeper Lt Commander Ashraf Siddiqui who was killed in South Sudan, two students of Ramiz Uddin Cantonment College – Diya Akter Mim and Abdul Karim who were killed in a bus accident, Ansar member Liakat Ali who had provided guard of honour to the Mujibnagar government, and noted actress Rani Sarkar.
The House also expressed deep shock at the death of those killed in recent flood in Kerala, India, earthquake in Indonesia, road accidents both at home and abroad.
A one-minute silence was observed and a munajat offered over the death of the two MPs and others.
Dhaka, Sept 9 (UNB) – Parents and guardians of 12 students who, they alleged, were picked up by the law enforcers from the city’s Mohakhali and Tejgaon areas on September 5, have demanded for producing their children before the court immediately.
“If the students are guilty then produce them before a court,” they made the demand at a press briefing held at Crime Reporters’ Association of Bangladesh (CRAB) in the city’s Sergun Bagicha area on Sunday.
A total of 12 students were reportedly picked up by policemen from three messes in the two city neighbourhoods during a drive, the relatives of the students told journalists.
“We want the safety of our children and we are very anxious about their whereabouts,” they told journalists.
The group of parents and guardians also urged all human rights organisations both at the home and abroad, including National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), to raise their voice so that their children can get legal support.
According to the statement of the guardians, the 12 detained students are university admission seekers Al Amin and Jahirul Islam Hasib, 2nd year student of Bangladesh Textile University Mujahidul Islam, 4th year student of Government Titumir College Jahangir Alam, Tangail Government Sadat College Honours-appeared student Saifullah Bin Mansur, Mirpur SAIK Medical Institute student Gazi M Burhan Uddin and Dhaka Polytechnic Institute students--Tarek Aziz, Mahfuz, Raihanul Abedin, Iftekhar Alam, Mehedi Hasan Rajib and another Tarek Aziz.
Briefing reporters, Mansur Rahman, the father of Saifullah Bin Mansur, said his son came to Dhaka to attend a training programme as he got a job in a private company.
“He stayed at mess of his younger brother Sifat who is a student of Dhaka Polytechnic Institute,” he said.
Detective Branch of police detained both the brothers, but Sifat was released from the DB office, later.
Sifat’s father quoting his son said that police physically assaulted him suspecting him an activist of either quota movement or safe road movement, waged by the students.
“Other detained students were also being tortured even more,” Mansur added.
Enamul Hoque, the father of another victim Jahirul Islam Hasib, said Hasib was staying in Feni during road safety movement. “He came to Dhaka on September 5 and detectives detained him on the same night.”
Among others, Rashed Alam, elder brother of Iftekhar Alam, Rafiqueuddin, the father of Raihanul Abedin, were also present at the press conference.
Contacted for comment, Additional Commissioner (DB) Abdul Baten did not receive the phone call.
Pabna, Sept 9(UNB) – Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on Sunday arrested one of the accused of female journalist Nodi murder case from Armanitoa in Old part of Dhaka.
The arrestee was identified as Shamsuzzaman Milon, 40, son of late Abdur Rahim, also office assistant of Idral Unani Pharmaceuticals, owned by the ex-father-in-law of the victim.
On secret information, the elite force arrested Milon from one of his relative’s house of Old Dhaka on Saturday night, said lieutenant commander Ruhul Amin, former company commander of Rab-12.
Earlier on august 28, journalist Subarna Akther Nodi was hacked to death by a group of men in front of her house on her return from her workplace in the district town.
The victim's mother filed a murder case with Pabna Police Station, accusing Nodi’s ex-husband, Rajib Hossain, Rajib's father, Abul Hossain, and approximately five others.
Police arrested Abul Hossain, ex-father-in-law of Nodi while her ex-husband was on the run.
Dhaka, Sep 9 (UNB) - Speakers at a protest rally held in the city have demanded immediate release of Shahidul Alam, an internationally acclaimed photographer, and also release of student leaders arrested during recent safe road movement.
Organised under a citizens’ platform, the protest rally was held on Sunday in front of National Museum at Shahbagh.
Criticizing the government role Gonoshonghoti Andolon chief convener Junayed Saki brought allegation of repression against the government and said, “Shahidul did not make any false comments during the safe road movement. That’s why, we hope the government releases him soon.”
Demanding the immediate release of Shahidul Alam, Bangladesh Chhatra Union central general secretary Liton Nandy said, “Government is not ready to listen to any kind of criticism and that’s why Shahidul Alam and other student leaders are in jail.”
“People from all across the world are demanding Shahidul’s release, but the government imprisoned him illogically. He didn’t get any kind of justice,” he claimed.
Bangladesh Samajtantrik Chhatra Front central general secretary Nasir Uddin Prince, and Biplobi Chhatra Moitri central president Iqbal Kabir, among others, addressed the rally.
After the rally was over, a cultural programme was organized with performers seeking immediate release of Shahidul Alam.