Dhaka, Feb 25 (UNB) - The High Court on Monday ordered the court concerned to dispose of the Barapukuria coalmine corruption case against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and 10 others within six months.
The HC bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam passed the order after rejecting a petition filed by Barrister Aminul Haq, an accused in the case, seeking cancellation of the case, filed.
Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan stood for the ACC while deputy attorney general Amin Uddin represented the state and Barrister Anik R Haq stood for the accused.
Earlier, on January 31, Special Judges Court-2 Judge ASM Ruhul Imran deferred the hearing on charge-framing against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and 10 others to February 26 in the Barapukuria coalmine corruption case.
On February 26, 2008, the Anti- Corruption Commission filed the case with Shahbagh Police Station accusing 16 people, including Khaleda and 10 of her former cabinet colleagues, of taking Tk 159 crore 71 lakh in kickbacks on the Barapukuria coalmine deal which was awarded to the highest bidder instead of the lowest one.
However, among the 16 accused, MotiurRahmanNizami and Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mojaheed were executed for their crimes against humanity while former Finance Minister SaifurRahman, BNP leader Abdul MannanBhuiyan and former Petrobangla chairman AR Osmani have already died.
On October 5, 2008, the ACC pressed charges against the accused in the Barapukuria graft case.
Responding to a petition filed by Khaleda, the HC on October 16, 2008 stayed the case proceedings and issued a rule asking the ACC to explain why the case should not be quashed.
The Appellate Division later upheld the stay order as well, leaving the corruption case in the cold.
Later on September 17, 2015, the HC lifted the stay order resuming the trial proceedings of the case.
Kushtia, Feb 25 (UNB) – A court here on Monday sentenced a man to life term imprisonment in a rape case in Mirpur upazila in 2015.
The convict is Md Nantu. The court also fined him Tk 50,000.
According to the prosecution,victim Rehena Begum and Nantu were tenants of a house owned by Shafayet Hossain at Chitholia village in the upazila.
Nantu used to disturb Rehena and gave her bad proposal several times.
Being denied by Rehena, Nantu forcibly entered her room on March 30, 2015 and violated her and also hit her severely.
Hearing Rehena’s scream, locals rushed in and took Rehena to Kushtia General Hospital where Rehena died after five months.
On March 31, 2015, the house owner filed a rape case with Mirpur Police Station against Nantu.
After examining all the records and witnesses, Woman and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal Judge Munshi Md Moshiar Rahman handed down the verdict.
Dhaka, Feb 25 (UNB) –The man who was killed in a combing operation during his alleged bid to hijack a Biman Bangladesh Airlines aircraft is a listed criminal, said Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Monday.
The fingerprint of the ‘hijacker’ got matched with that of the listed criminal, said Rab after analysing their criminal database.
As per the Rab database, the man was identified as Md Polash Ahmed, son of Piar Jahan Sarder, a resident of Dudhghata of Sonargaon upazila in Narayanganj district.
According to the passenger list of the aircraft, he was a passenger of domestic flight of Dhaka-Chattogram route and his name was mentioned as Ahmed/Md Polash, seat No- 17A.
Dhaka, Feb 25 (UNB) – A five-member probe committee has been formed to investigate the ‘attempt to hijack’ an aircraft of Biman Bangladesh Airlines.
The Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry formed the committee on Sunday night with Additional Secretary Md Mokabbir Hossain as its head, said a press release.
The other members of the committee are- joint secretary Zanendra Nath Sarker,
Director (Flight Safety & Regulations)of Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh Wing Commander Chy M Zia UlKabir, director (planning) of Biman Bangladesh Airlines Air Commodore (rtd) Mahbub Jahan Khan, and senior security consultant of CAAB group captain (rtd) MdAlamgir.
The committee has been asked to submit its report within five working days.
Foiling his alleged bid to hijack a Biman Bangladesh Airlines aircraft, members of joint forces killed a passenger at Shah Amanat International Airport here on Sunday evening.
Dhaka, Feb 24 (UNB) – The High Court on Sunday directed the authorities concerned to stop stone extraction from Sangu and Matamuhuri Rivers and their adjacent reserved forest areas in Bandarban district.
A bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal passed the order after hearing a writ petition.
Environment and Forests secretary, Director General of Department of Environment, Deputy Commissioner of Bandarban, Superintendent of Police and six other respondents were asked to comply with the order and submit a report within one month.
The court also issued a rule seeking explanation as to why inactivity of authorities regarding the stone extraction from those places should not be declared illegal.
The writ was filed jointly by Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA), Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA), Bangladesh Adibashi Forum, Nijera Kori, Kapaeeng Foundation, Association for Land Reform and Development (ALRD) and Mong Soipru Khaiyam, a local resident.