Dhaka, Sept 5 (UNB) – A legal notice has been severed on the government to revoke the gazette notification shifting the special court to old Central Jail for the trial of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case.
BNP chief’s lawyer Barrister Nawshad Jamir sent the legal notice to the law secretary by post on Wednesday noon.
Talking to UNB, Barrister Nawshad Jamir said he sent the legal notice seeking cancellation of the gazette notification on the shifting of the court within September 8.
He also said they will take recourse to law if necessary legal steps are not taken in this connection.
According to the legal notice, the government’s decision to use a room of the administrative building of the old Central Jail as a temporary court is motivated and the misuse of section 9 (2) of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
On Tuesday, the government decided to hold the trial of the BNP chairperson in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case at central jail in old part of the city after setting a temporary court there.
The Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry issued a gazette notification in this regard.
The notice said that the place of Special Judge Court-5 where the trial proceedings of Zia Charitable Trust case were in progress have now been shifted to the administrative building of the central jail in Old Dhaka for security reason.
The Special Judge Court-5 has been hearing the case in the makeshift court on Government Alia Madrasah premises in Bakshibazar.
On February 8, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the former Prime Minister and BNP chairperson and sentenced her to five years' imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
She was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.
Dhaka, Sept 5 (UNB) - The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police arrested nine members of a fraudulent gang on charges of misappropriating huge amounts of money from an office in the capital’s Nikunja on Tuesday night.
Members of the specialized police unit also seized 25 passports, including nine fake ones, as well as 10 fake visas and Tk 7.15 lakh in cash along with other illegal documents from the office.
The arrestees are—Shariful Islam Sajib, Gulam Mostafa, Mukhlesur Rahman, Asadul Hoque, Altaf Hossain alias Rajib, Asaduzzaman Babu alias Aziz, Abdul Quader Sarker alias Nurunnabi alias Ratan, Abuol Kalam Azad alias Hasan alias Bullet and Jahangir Alam.
Based on secret information, a CID team raided a neighbourhood in Nikunja and arrested the nine members of the organized gang at around 8:30 pm.
Briefing reporters at the CID headquarters in the city’s Malibagh on Wednesday afternoon, its Special Super (SS) of Dhaka Metro (South) Enamul Kabir said the arrestees were involved in misappropriating money from unsuspecting people in the guise of a recruiting agency that would send them abroad, mostly to Kuwait, for jobs using false documents, including fake visas and medical test reports as well as manpower certificate.
The gang is known to have taken Tk 20 lakh from seven people in the name of sending them to Kuwait. But they failed to send any of them. After examining the visas in the passports recovered in the raid, CID found them all to be fake, SS Enamul Kabir said.
A case was filed with Nilkhet Police station in connection with the incident.
Dhaka, Sep 5 (UNB) - Bangladesh Auto-rickshaw Auto-tempo Transport Workers Federation (BAATWF) has protested the Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s (DMP) ban on the plying of the human hauler, locally known as Leguna, in the city’s main road.
In a joint statement, president of BAATWF Rezaul Islam and secretary, Golam Faruque said that ban on such vehicles without arranging alternative job for the transport workers will hit hard their livelihoods.
They said about 4500 Legunas have been plying on the city roads obtaining permission from the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) and the sector employs several thousand workers.
“But it is not understandable as why now all on a sudden a ban on such vehicles was imposed when these are providing services not only the people, also to the government administration”.
They said such action is like cutting off the nose to spite the face.
Dhaka, Sept 5 (UNB) – Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Wednesday said the current Election Commission is committed to arranging a free, fair and acceptable election at the year-end.
“The present Election Commission will take the measure whatever is needed for arranging a fair election,” he said.
The CEC was addressing the inaugural session of the 9th meeting of the Forum of the Election Management Bodies of South Asia (FEMBoSA) at hotel Radisson Blu in the city.
Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury inaugurated the two-day FEMBoSA meeting.
Representatives from the Election Commissions of eight countries --Bangladesh, India, Afghanistan, Bhutan, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka -- attended the meeting.
At the meeting, immediate past chair of FEMBoSA and Chairman of Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan Dr Gulajan Abdul Badi Sayeed handed over the chair to Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda.
Nurul Huda said the Election Commission is determined to hold a free and fair election as per the Constitution.
About the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), he said the Commission has proposed the amendment to the Representation of the People Order incorporating the provision to use the machines in the parliamentary elections as the EC got a marked success using the machines in local body elections.
Talking about the FEMBoSA meeting, the DEC said this conference will help share experiences among members of the Forum.
Addressing the opening session, former chief election commission Dr ATM Shamsul Huda said the EVMs should not be imposed hurriedly in the national election.
He said there is nothing to hurry as EVMs can be used in the general election on trial basis after gaining public trust by using those in local body polls.
Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury said it is important to gain public confidence in the parliamentary elections as Parliament is the centre point in a parliamentary democracy.
“The main foundation of democracy is free, fair and inclusive elections. So, ensuring transparency in the electoral process is one of the prerequisites to free polls,” she said.
In the two-day FEMBoSA meeting, three general sessions and eight technical sessions are scheduled to be held.
The FEMBoSA was established in 2010 with election management bodies of the South Asian countries.
Dhaka, Sept 5 (UNB) - BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Wednesday told the special court-5 inside the Old Dhaka Central Jail to give her punishment as much as it wants as she thinks she will not get justice.
As the trial proceedings in Zia Charitable Trust graft case in the newly set up makeshift court in the jail began, the authorities brought Khaleda to the court in a wheelchair around 12:15pm.
Taking permission from the special court-5 judge M Akhtaruzzaman, the BNP chief said the, “There’s no justice here. You can punish me for as many days as you want.”
Stating that she is sick, Khaleda said she will neither be able to appear before the court repeatedly nor can stay there for a long time. “My legs will swell if I keep sitting here (on wheelchair) for long.”
Later, the judge adjourned the court and set September 12-13 for the next hearing on the case.
On Tuesday, the government issued a gazette notification about shifting the makeshift court on Bakshibazar Alia Madrasah premises to Old Dhaka Central Jail to hold the trial of Zia Charitable Trust graft case.
Khaleda has been staying in the jail since she was convicted in Zia Orphanage graft case on February 8 last.
Before leaving the court, Khaleda told journalists that her no senior lawyer was present in the court. “I wouldn’t have come here had I known it.”
She also questioned as to why the notice on shifting the court was not issued at least a week ago instead of yesterday (Tuesday). “I’ve told the court I can’t appear before it repeatedly as I’m sick. I know I won’t get justice from the court.”
The BNP chief also said her left foot and left hand are in a bad shape-- almost paralysed.