A writ petition was filed with the High Court on Sunday seeking its directives to the Ministry of Health to implement the 25-point recommendation of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) after identifying 11 areas of corruption in the Health Service Division.
Supreme Court lawyer Ishrat Hasan and lawyer Md Aminur Rahman Chowdhury filed the writ petition .
Two secretaries of the health ministry, director general of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) and six others have been made respondents to the writ.
The writ petition sought a directive to submit in the form of a report to the court on what action has been taken about the recommendations.
The writ was filed attaching reports published in the newspapers in this regard.
On January 31, 2019, the ACC identified 11 areas of corruption in the health sector and came up with a 25- point recommendation to stop these.
The report identifies various pockets of corruption in the health sector including in purchases, recruitments, promotions, transfers, assignments, medical treatment, use of medical equipment and supply of medicines.
However, as the recommendations were not implemented reports were published in the media in this regard.
A writ petition seeking cancellation of Dhaka South City Corporation’s (DSCC) decision to relocate stray dogs to Matuail was adjourned until Oct 6 by the High Court on Sunday.
The bench of Justice Md Ashfaqul Islam and Justice Mohammad Ali came up with the order after hearing of two separate time petitions filed by both the state and the petitioner.
Lawyer Sakib Mahbub stood for the petition and Additional Attorney General Murad Reza for the state.
Sakib said that DSCC Mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh is scheduled to sit in a meeting with the petitioners and other stakeholders on Tuesday to settle the issue.
“That is why we, the both parties, filed time petitions today. The court granted the petitions and fixed October 6 for the hearing,” he said.
Actress Jaya Ahsan, Avoyaronno, and Peoples for Animal Welfare filed the writ petition on September 17.
The writ petition also sought a HC rule seeking explanation why the DSCC’s decision should not be declared illegal, he said.
Secretaries to the Department of Livestock Services, Health and Family Welfare Ministry, Law Ministry and DSCC were made respondents, Mahmud said.
DSCC recently started to shift stray dogs from the city corporation area claiming that they are spoiling the city. The move has triggered a heated debate between animal lovers and those who consider the street dogs a nuisance, on social media platform Facebook.
The Appellate Division on Sunday summoned advocate Yunus Ali Akand for his ‘distasteful’ Facebook post about the judiciary.
After Additional Attorney General Murad Reza raised the issue, a four-member bench led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain ordered Akand to appear before the court on October 11 and explain why he will not be prosecuted.
He has also been barred from practicing law during this period.
The court also instructed the Bangladesh Telecom Regulatory Commission to remove his Facebook post and block his account.
Before issuing the orders, the bench heard the statements of senior lawyer Mansurul Haque Chowdhury Fida M Kamal, President of the Supreme Court Bar Association AM Amin Uddin, lawyer Manzill Murshid and some other lawyers.
Murad Reza told reporters that Akand posted an offensive status on the judiciary and the justice system on Facebook.
He described the post as being “very derogative”.
A Sylhet court on Sunday recorded statement of the victim who was gang raped in MC College on Friday.
She was produced before the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Court No-3 around 1:30pm where she gave her statement to Judge Sharmin Khanom Mila, said Amullo Bhushon Chowdhury, assistant commissioner (prosecution) of Sylhet Metropolitan Police.
A group of youth tied the victim’s husband and raped the girl at the college dormitory on Friday night. Police rescued them around 10:30pm.
The accused were said to be leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League, the ruling Awami League student front.
The victim’s husband filed a case at Shah Poran Police Station in the early hours of Saturday.
On Sunday morning, police arrested the prime suspect and another accused in the case.
MC College students erupted in protests as words about the incident got out. Chhatra League’s Dhaka University unit staged a protest rally on the campus in the morning demanding exemplary punishment for the rape suspects.
The Appellate Division on Sunday rejected bail petitions of Destiny Group Managing Director Rafiqul Amin in two money laundering cases.
A four-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, turned down the pleas after a hearing.
“The Destiny MD will have to remain in jail,” said Khurshid Alam, a counsel of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
On August 20, the High Court turned down his bail petitions, prompting Rafiqul to move the apex court.
The ACC filed the money-laundering cases against Destiny-2000 chairman, managing director and 20 others. They stand accused of misappropriating Tk 3,285 crore of the investors’ money.