Chattogram, Feb 14 (UNB) – A court here on Thursday sentenced three top officials of a vegetable oil company to one year’s imprisonment in a cheque dishonour case.
It also fined the convicts -– Managing Director of Rubaiya Vegetable Oil Industry Ltd Harun-or-Rashid, his wife and company chairman Anjuman Ara and director and their son Hasnain Harun –- around Tk 10 crore. They were tried in absentia.
The convicts had turned defaulters as they did not return the loan they took from the Agrabad branch of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited, said bank’s counsel AM Zia Habib Ahsan.
They gave the bank a cheque for Tk 96,654,187, which bounced.
Senior officer Mohammad Forkan of the branch filed a case against the company’s top officials with the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate court on August 30, 2012.
Later, the case was transferred to the Joint Metropolitan Session Judge Court-7.
The charges were framed against the convicts under sections 138/140 of Negotiable Instruments Act.
After examining the records and witnesses, Judge Jesmin Akhter Koly handed down the verdict.
Earlier on June 4 last year, the trio was sentenced to one year’s imprisonment in two more cheque dishonour cases. The court had also fined them Tk 9.43 crore in the cases.
According to the prosecution, the convicts provided two cheques for Tk 9.43 crore to one Yeakub Ali for purchasing iron rod which bounced.
Dhaka, Feb 14 (UNB) – The Dhaka South City Corporation’s (DSCC’s) decision to construct a floor above the single-storey extended part of the New Market was declared illegal by the High Court on Thursday.
Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil’s bench delivered the verdict, affirming a rule the court issued last year on the issue.
Barrister Anik R Haque represented the writ petitioner while Deputy Attorney General Md Mokhlesur Rahman and barrister Sheikh Shafik Mahmud Puspa stood for the state and DSCC respectively.
Last year, New Market Traders’ Association President Dr Dewan Aminul Islam Shahin and Joint Secretary Sohel Bepari filed the writ petition.
After a primary hearing, the court on February 11 that year issued a rule staying DSCC’s decision to build an additional floor over the New Market.
In January last year, the DSCC decided to construct 178 shops on New Market’s roof using metal roofing. The decision was met by protests by several hundred traders.
Dhaka, Feb 14 (UNB)- The High Court on Thursday directed the authorities concerned to remove all electric poles from the roads and highways at the quickest possible time (not more than 60 days).
The HC bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil came up with the order after hearing of writ filed in the form of Public Interest Litigation (PIL).
The court also issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain why order would not be given to remove all the dangerous electric poles from the roads and highways across the country after identifying them.
Secretaries to Roads and Highways division, Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, Chairman of Power Development Board, Chairman of Rural Electrification Board, managing director of Dhaka Power Distribution company (DPDC), Northern Electricity Supply Company Limited and West Zone Power Distribution Company, have been asked to respond to the rule within four weeks.
Barrister Syed Sayedul Haque Sumon stood for the petitioner while deputy attorney general Mukhlesur Rahman for the state.
On February 9, Supreme Court lawyer Barrister Sumon shared a live video on his Facebook wall on the electric poles in the middle of Shibpur highway in Narsingdi district while he was returning to Dhaka from Sylhet. Later, he filed a writ in this regard on Wednesday.
Dhaka, Feb 13 (UNB) – The High Court on Wednesday fined Tk 5,000 to Feni’s former District Judge Md Firoz Alam for not providing protocol to an HC judge during his visit to the district in 2003.
The former lower court judge will have to face a seven-day jail if he fails to pay the penalty within 15 days.
A bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice SM Kuddus Zaman passed the order after disposing of a rule issued earlier over the matter.
The court also issued a four-point directive over the protocol during the visit of Supreme Court judges across the country and ordered the SC registrar general and law secretary to publish those through a circular.
Advocate Faisal H Khan and Advocate Moin Uddin Tipu stood for Firoz Alam while Deputy Attorney General Rafi Ahmed represented the state.
On October 20, 2003, a letter was issued to the Feni Judge’s Court informing it about the visit of Justice Syed Amirul Islam of the High Court. As per the rules, the district judge was supposed to provide protocol to the HC judge.
On October 22, the HC judge reached Feni Railway Station but there was no one there to receive him. He made a phone call to the Judge’s Court where a representative of the court received the phone and told him to wait as the district judge was busy with the court proceedings.
The HC judge had to wait for hours and later the district judge arranged the protocol in the afternoon.
After returning to Dhaka on October 29, Syed Amirul Islam issued a suo moto rule against three people, including District Judge Md Firoz, on contempt of court charge.
The two other accused were Feni District Judge Court Najir Year Ahmed and Nayeb-e-Najir Altaf Hossain.
The court asked the trio to submit a written apology to the HC on November 17 but before that, Firoz Alam filed a petition with the Appellate Division challenging the HC order.
Later on January 31, 2011, the Appellate Division rejected the petition and ordered for disposing of the rule.
As per the HC directives, a district and session’s judge or a judicial officer of the same rank will receive a Supreme Court judge during his/her visit or tour to a district town during holiday. The district and session’s judge must make a courtesy call to the visiting SC judge if she stays in the district town.
If the visit is made during a workday, judge in-charge Nejarat will receive the SC judge. However, the district judge or a judicial official in his absence must call the SC judge after the court’s proceedings.
Judge in-charge Nejarat or a senior official will take care of the visiting SC judge if he/she stays at any village or upazila.
During the departure of the SC judge after the visit, the district judge or additional judge must remain present. The deputy commissioner and the police super of the district or their representatives will have to be present.
Dhaka, Feb 13 (UNB) - A court here on Wednesday cancelled the bail of Shafat Ahmed, prime accused in the sensational Banani double rape case.
Judge Khademul Kayes of Dhaka Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-7 passed the order following a petition filed by the state.
Later, the court sent him to jail.
Besides, the court also denied bail to Shafat’s friend Nayeem Ashraf. Earlier on November 29, the court granted bail to Shafat Ahmed.
The court also fixed March 6 for the next date to testify the victim as the today’s recording of testimony was not concluded today.
On May 6 last year, a university student filed the case with Banani Police Station against five persons including Shafat and Shadman Sakif.
According to the case statement, Safat and Shadman raped the plaintiff and another woman on March 28 at The Raintree Dhaka in the capital's Banani area while three others assisted them.
The three other accused are Nayeem Ashraf, Shafat's driver Billal Hossain and bodyguard Rahmat Ali.