Dhaka, Dec 10 (UNB) – The High Court on Monday issued a contempt of court rule against the Chief Election Commissioner, four commissioners and the EC secretary for declaring Oikyaboddha Nagorik Andolon invalid for polls and rejecting the nomination papers of the party’s candidates disobeying the court order.
They have been asked to respond to the rule within four weeks.
Supreme Court lawyer Advocate Manzil Morshed stood for the petitioner.
On December 6, a legal notice was served on CEC KM Nurul Huda, MahabubTalukder, Md Rafiqul Islam, Kabita Khanom and Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury.
On October 16, the HC stayed the Election Commission's letter cancelling the registration of Oikyaboddha Nagorik Andolon.
A bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalilalso issued a rule seeking explanation as to why the decision of cancelling registration Oikyaboddha Nagorik Andolon should not be declared illegal after hearing a writ petition filed by party president Dr Kazi Faruk and general secretary Abdus Samad.
Oikyaboddha NagorikAndolon secured registration from the EC on November 16, 2018.
On October 4 this year, the EC cancelled the registration of the party.
Dhaka, Dec 10 (UNB) - The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday directed the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs to pay Tk 1.0 billion to the owner of Moon cinema hall by June 30.
A seven-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order during hearing a time petition filed by Attorney General Mahbubey Alam.
Earlier on October 8, the Supreme Court (SC) directed the Ministry to pay Tk 1.0 billion to the owner of Moon cinema hall by December 8.
As the date has already been expired, the AG filed four-month time petition.
If the ministry fails to pay the money as per the order, the secretaries of the Finance Ministry and the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs have to appear before the court on June 30.
Earlier on January 18, the SC ordered the Bangladesh Muktijoddah Kalyan Trust to compensate around Tk 0.99 billion to the owner of the Moon Cinema Hall.
In May 2011, the court declared the 5th Amendment to the constitution unlawful and asked Muktijoddah Kalyan Trust to return the property of Moon Cinema Hall within three months.
Earlier in 2000, Italian Marble Works filed a writ petition with the High Court challenging the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution.
On August 29, 2005 the HC declared Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of Bangladesh illegal, which legitimised the governments that were in power from the time of the August 15, 1975, coup through April 9, 1979.
The then government announced a decree in 1977 that blocked challenges against the government's decisions to declare the property abandoned.
Moon Cinema Hall owner filed a contempt of court petition with the apex court on January 10, 2012 against the authorities concerned of the government and Muktijodhha Kalyan Trust for not executing its order.
Later, on January 15, 2017, the SC ordered the authorities concerned to assess the value of the land of the cinema hall and other establishments with the help of a skilled and neutral engineer.
Dhaka, Dec 9 (UNB) -A court here on Sunday fixed January 3 for hearing a petition over accepting an investigation report by the FBI and Canadian police in the Niko corruption case.
Judge Sheikh Hafizur Rahman of Dhaka Special Judge Court-9 asked the accused – BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and 10 others – to appear before it on the day of the hearing.
Khaleda’s counsel – Abdur Rezzak Khan and Masud Ahmed Talukdar – filed a petition to defer the hearing and told the court that they would file a petition of objection.
The court fixed the new date for filing the objection petition and conducting a hearing.
On November 22, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam submitted to the court a copy of an investigation report by the FBI and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) which claimed that bribery charges against Khaleda and 10 others had been proven.
Alam also sought the court’s permission to record the testimonies of some FBI and RCMP officials. The court fixed Sunday for the hearing.
On December 9, 2007, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the case accusing Khaleda and four others of causing the state a loss of Tk 137.77 billion by signing an oil-gas exploration deal with Canadian company Niko when the BNP was in office.
Police submitted a chargesheet against the accused on May 5 the next year.
The others accused in the case are BNP Standing Committee member Moudud Ahmed, former state minister for energy AKM Mosharraf Hossain, former principal secretary Kamal Uddin Siddique, Khandaker Shahidul Islam, CM Yusuf Hossain, former Bapex general manager Mir Mainul Haq, its former secretary Shafiur Rahman, Giasuddin Al Mamun, former MP MAH Selim and former vice-president of South-Asia affairs Niko Kashem Sharif.
Dhaka, Dec 09 (UNB) – BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia filed a writ petition with the High Court challenging the legality of the Election Commission’s decision that cancelled all her three nominations for contesting the upcoming general election.
Barrister Nowshad Jamin, on behalf of Khaleda Zia, filed the petition with the concerned High Court bench in the morning.
The bench of Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir is likely to hear the petition on Tuesday, said advocate Kaiser Kamal, a counsel of Khaleda Zia.
Earlier on Saturday, the Election Commission upheld returning officers' decisions cancelling the candidature of jailed BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia for forthcoming national election.
On the basis of majority opinions of the five election commissioners, the Commission pronounced its judgment turning down Khaleda's petitions filed to it to get back her candidacy in Feni-1, Bogura-6 and 7 constituencies.
The lawyers of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Wednesday filed appeals with the Election Commission against rejection of her nomination papers of three constituencies.
On behalf of Khaleda Zia, Barrister Kaisar Kamal submitted the appeal for Feni-1 constituency while Barrister Nowshad Jamin for Bogura-6 and Advocate Masud Ahmed Talukder for Bogura-7 constituencies at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city.
Earlier, the Election Commission on Sunday (Dec 02) ditched Khaleda's all the three nomination papers filed for contesting the polls from Feni-1, Bogura-6 and Bogura-7 seats for her conviction in two graft case.
On October 29, Khaleda was convicted and sentenced to seven years' rigorous imprisonment by a special court in Dhaka in Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.
Khaleda landed in jail after being sentenced to five years' imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust case by the same court on February 8. The High Court later on October 30 extended her jail terms in the case to 10 years.
Dhaka, Dec 9 (UNB) – A court here on Sunday granted bail to Hasna Hena, a teacher of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, in a case filed on charges of provoking a ninth-grader student to commit suicide.
Judge Baki Billah of Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Court passed the order after Hasna Hena’s lawyer Jahangir Alam filed an appeal seeking her bail in the case.
The court granted her bail until filing of a police report, said the lawyer.
Earlier on December 6, Hasna Hena was sent to jail after her arrest from city’s Uttara area on December 5.
Aritree Adhikari, a Class-IX student, reportedly committed suicide at their Shantinagar residence in the city on December 3 after allegedly being rebuked by teachers for using mobile phone during examination.
Victim’s father Dilip Adhikari filed a case against three teachers of the school.