Dhaka, Jan 6 (UNB) – A writ petition was filed with the High Court on Sunday seeking its directive to investigate the alleged embezzlement of Barishal district’s freedom fighters allowance worth Tk 4 crore.
Four including Secretary of Liberation War Affairs Ministry, Barishal Deputy Commissioner (DC) and chief information officer of the Information Commission were made respondent to the petition.
Supreme Court (SC) lawyer Amit Das Gupta, who filed the writ, told reporters that a joint bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahsan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader are supposed to hear the petition on Sunday.
Earlier on January 2, a newspaper reported the graft allegation saying that the concerned ministry confirmed of sending the required amount of money to Barishal DC office, but 6,456 freedom fighters of the district alleged that they did not receive the money.
Noakhali, Jan 6 (UNB) – Police on Saturday night arrested another accused of a case filed in connection with the gang-rape of a woman in Subarnachar upazila in the early hours of December 31.
The accused Salauddin, 35, son of Tukai Miah, was arrested from a brick field in Feni sadar upazila’s Sultanpur village. He was no. 9 accused of the rape case filed with Charjabbar Police Station.
Ilius Sharif, superintendent of Noakhali Police, said that a team of police raided the brick field at night and arrested Salauddin.
With this latest development, a total of eight culprits have so far been arrested in the case, said the SP.
The woman, a mother of four, was gang-raped at Charjubli village in the upazila on December 31 by a gang of 10-12 men allegedly being ordered by Ruhul Amin, former member of Charjubli union parishad and also the organizing secretary of union unit of Awami League, after the general election.
Later, doctors treating the woman have found evidence of gang rape.
Dhaka, Jan 3 (UNB) – High Court on Thursday scrapped the writ petition from its work list, clearing the way of publishing gazette on and administering oath to Workers Party President Rashed Khan Menon who won Sunday’s election from Dhaka-8 constituency.
A bench of Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Iqbal Kabir passed the order after taking hearing on the petition.
Earlier on Tuesday, Eunus Ali Akondo, a Supreme Court lawyer and also the Jatiya Party candidate for the parliamentary seat, filed the writ petition seeking its directives to the authorities concerned not to publish gazette on and administer oath to Menon.
The writ also sought the issuance of a rule asking the government to explain as to why the announcement of the results declaring Menon victorious in the Dhaka-8 constituency should not be declared illegal.
At the same time, it also sought directives to postpone the publication of gazette and oath-taking ceremony for the Workers Party president.
Seven persons, including the Chief Election Commissioner, Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad, Law Secretary, Dhaka Divisional Returning Officer, Rashed Khan Menon and President’s Office Secretary, were made respondents to the rule.
Eunus Ali alleged that the supporters of Menon stuffed ballot boxes, depriving genuine voters of casting their votes. “I lodged complaint with the Election Commission but they didn’t pay any heed to it which violated section 66 of the Constitution.”
Besides, Menon contested the polls holding a profitable post which is also a violation of section 20 of the Representation of the People Order.
Menon, a Grand Alliance candidate, was unofficially elected from Dhaka-8 constituency securing 139,538 votes while his nearest rival Mirza Abbas of BNP got 38,717 votes.
Chattogram, Jan 3 (UNB) – A court here on Thursday ordered police to interrogate BNP’s joint secretary general Aslam Chowdhury and Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami Nayeb-e-Ameer ANM Shamsul Islam at the jail gate in three subversion cases filed with Hathazari Police Station.
Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate of Chattogram Md Robiul Alam passed the order after taking hearing on a remand petition.
The court asked Hathazari Police Station to interrogate the duo at the jail gate after the investigation officer of the cases produced the duo before the court seeking a seven-day remand, said Bijon Kumar Barua, court inspector of Chattogram district police.
Khulna, Jan 3 (UNB) – Local journalist Hedait Hossain Mollah, who was arrested in a case filed under the Digital Security Act for running a report on the election results of Khunla-1 constituency reportedly with false information, was released from jail on bail on Thursday night.
Hedait, Khulna correspondent of Dhaka Tribune and online portal Bangla Tribune, walked out of Khulna District Jail around 6:45pm after a court granted him bail in the case.
District and Session's Judge Mashiur Rahman Chowdhury granted bail until January 14 to the journalist in the afternoon after hearing a bail petition filed by his lawyer Masum Billah.
Police arrested Hedait, also and City Editor of local newspaper Dainik Probaho, from Gallamari area in the city on Tuesday afternoon.
Later on Wednesday, he was placed on a three-day remand in the case.
Upazila Nirbahi Officer and Assistant Returning Officer Debashish Chowdhury filed the case with Batiaghata Police Station on Monday night against Hedait and Rashedul Islam, Khulna Bureau Chief of the Dainik Manabzamin and newly elected vice-president of Khulna Press Club.
According to the case statement, Bangla Tribune and Manabzamin published report headlined '22,419 more than total votes cast in Khulna-1' based on false and fabricated information.