Chattogram, Dec 14 (UNB) – Two men were arrested on Friday for posting slanderous remarks on Facebook about Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Sayed Ikram Shafi, 48, and Azad Kamal Nishan, 20, were picked up by Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) members from Sitakunda’s Kumira area in the morning.
They will be accused in a case, said Santosh Kumar Chakma, a PBI inspector.
“Shafi and Nishan have long been posting offensive comments about the prime minister and her family from a computer shop – Ahmadia Enterprise – at Kumira’s Dalchal Mia Mazar Gate,” the PBI official said.
Dhaka, Dec 13 (UNB) – The High Court on Thursday imposed a ban on hiking mobile phone call rates and charging users for call drops.
Justice Tariq ul Hakim and Justice Md Shohrowardi’s bench also issued a rule seeking explanations on why the mobile phone operators’ failure to protect the users’ rights should not be declared illegal. It also asked why a rule should not be issued to stop sending unnecessary SMS to the users.
The court also ordered formation of an expert committee to review the current mobile call rates.
Secretary of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministry, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission chairman and secretary, mobile operators Grameenphone, Airtel, Robi, Banglalink, and TeleTalk were asked to respond within four weeks.
Advocate Ishrat Hasan stood for the plaintiffs while Deputy Attorney General Amatul Karim represented the state.
On Wednesday, Reporters’ Forum member M Badiuzzaman, Mehedi Hasan, Mobile Phone Users’ Association chief Mohiuddin Ahmed and Supreme Court lawyer Rashidul Hasan filed a writ petition in the form of public interest litigation.
They sent legal notices to the defendants on December 10.
‘2.22 billion calls dropped in the 13 months’
Advocate Ishrat said the operators were charging higher call rates compared to neighbouring countries. “Additional call rates were imposed in August this year without consulting the users. It’s illegal and violates the consumers’ rights,” she said.
There were 2.22 billion dropped calls in the last 13 months, the lawyer said, citing a BTRC report. Grameenphone, which boasts the highest number of subscribers, also tops the list of dropped calls.
Several operators started compensating users for call drops in 2014 but stopped after a few days without any notice.
It prompted the Posts and Telecommunications Division to decide to fine the mobile phone operators for call drops. The operators were to compensate consumers starting from January last year but they are yet to take any effective step, advocate Ishrat said.
Dhaka, Dec 13 (UNB) - BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s lawyers decided on Thursday to file a no-confidence motion with a one-man High Court bench, fearing they would not get justice in the petition relating to cancellation of her nominations.
The bench was formed on Wednesday to hear the writ petition over the cancellation of the former prime minister’s nomination papers for three constituencies.
Khaleda’s lawyer AJ Mohammad Ali told the court that they did not bring a written petition with them. The court asked them to file their petition in writing and issued a ‘not today’ order.
It informed them that the case will be on the December-17 cause list and said they can submit their petition to the High Court or the Chief Justice.
On Tuesday, the bench of Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir issued a split order on Khaleda’s candidature. Later, the appeal was sent to the Chief Justice as per rules to form a new bench.
Her nominations for Feni-1, Bogura-6 and 7 constituencies were initially rejected by returning officers. The Election Commission also upheld the decisions, prompting the BNP chief to move the High Court.
Khaleda was jailed for five years on February 8 this year in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. Her jail term was doubled by the High Court on October 30. A day before that, she was sentenced to seven-year imprisonment by a special court in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.
Dhaka, Dec 13 (UNB) – The High Court on Thursday stayed the Election Commission's decisions that allowed BNP candidate M Rashiduzzaman Millat of Jamalpur-1 constituency to contest the 11th parliamentary election.
An HC bench led by Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul Alam passed the order after hearing on a writ filed by Awami League candidate and former information minister Abul Kalam Azad.
Lawyer Md Khurshid Alam Khan stood for the petitioner while deputy attorney general Motahar Hossain Raju for the state.
Md Khurshid Alam Khan said that the writ was filed as he was convicted. Returning officer rejected his nomination but later he got back his candidature after filing appeal to the Election Commission.
After hearing, the court also issued a rule on the EC’s decision. Now, Millat would not be able to contest the election, said the lawyer.
Dhaka, Dec 12 (UNB) – The High Court on Wednesday granted a six-month bail to BNP international affairs secretary and former state minister ANM Ehsanul Haque Milon in 13 cases filed over extortion and violence.
An HC bench of Justice AKM Asaduzzaman and Justice SM Mojibur Rahman passed the order after hearing bail petitions.
However, Milon cannot be released from jail as the bench rejected his bail prayer in a killing case, said Deputy Attorney General Dr Md Bashir Ullah.
Detectives in a drive arrested Milon from a house at Chawkbazar in Chattogram city on November 23 last.
A Chandpur court sent him to jail the same day.