Sylhet, Nov 22 (UNB) – A court here on Thursday deferred until January 7 the recording of testimonies of witnesses in the former Finance Minister Shah AMS Kibria murder case.
Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal Judge Rezaul Karim set the date as witnesses did not turn up today, said Public Prosecutor Advocate Kishore Kumar.
Forty-three out of total 171 witnesses have so far made their depositions before the tribunal in the case.
Nine of the accused in the sensational case, including Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) mayor Ariful Haque and Habiganj municipality Mayor GK Gaus, were present in the dock.
A total of 32 people, including former State Minister for Home Lutfozzaman Babar, were indicted in the murder case in 2015.
Five people, including Kibria, were killed and 45 others injured in a grenade attack on a public rally of local Awami League at Baidder Bazar in Sadar upazila of Habiganj on January 27, 2005.
Dhaka, Nov 22 (UNB) –The High Court fixed Sunday to pass its order over a writ petition filed seeking constitution of an independent probe panel to look into the 'fictitious' cases filed against the leaders and activists of BNP and other political parties.
A solo bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukdar fixed the date after concluding hearing on the writ petition on Thursday.
On October 9, the High Court delivered a split order on the writ petition.
The senior member of the two-member HC bench, Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury, passed an interim order and issued a rule over the matter while junior member Justice Md Ashraful Kamal rejected the writ.
Following the split order, the matter was sent to Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain who assigned the new bench to dispose it of.
Senior lawyer Khandaker Mahbub Hossain and lawyer M Masud Rana stood for the petitioner while Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin and Assistant Attorney General Helena Begum stood for the state.
In the rule, Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury wanted to know why the filing of 'fictitious' cases intentionally against the petitioners and leaders and activists of different political parties should not be declared ultra vires and why directives should not be given to take action against those involved in filing these cases.
At the same time, the Inspector General of Police was asked to take steps to monitor and investigate the cases and submit a report before the court in affidavit within 60 days.
On September 23, former Supreme Court Bar Association President KhandakerMahbubHossain, Advocate Nitai Roy Chowdhury and Sanaullah Mia filed the writ petition.
According to the writ petition, law enforcers filed 3,736 cases against 313,130 BNP and other political party leaders and activists from September 1 till September 20.
Dhaka, Nov 22 (UNB) - The High Court (HC) on Thursday stayed the Sonali Bank’s decision rescheduling a Tk 27-crore loan of Chief Whip ASM Feroz for the 9th time.
The HC bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil passed the order after primary hearing of a writ petition filed by Bauphal municipality mayor Ziaul Haque.
Barrister Rokon Uddin Mahmud and M Mainul Islam stood for petitioner.
Talking to reporters, Mainul Islam said a loan cannot be rescheduled for more than thrice as per the law. “But the Tk 27-crore loan of ASM Firoz was rescheduled in 2018 for the 9th time violating the law,” he said.
As the HC stayed the Sonali Bank decision, ASM Feroz is now a loan defaulter and he cannot contest the upcoming general election, clalimed Mainul.
Dhaka, Nov 21 (UNB) –Four ‘drug traders’ were killed in reported gunfights with law enforcers in Cox’s Bazar, Sylhet and Munshiganj districts.
In Cox’s Bazar, two suspected drug traders were killed in ‘gunfight’with police at Kathbania Marine Drive in Teknafupazila early Wednesday.
The deceased were identified as Najir Dacoit, 35, son of Abdur Rahim of Kachunia and Adbul Amin, 35, son of Amir Hamza of JadimoraNayapara area of the upazila.
Tipped off, a team of police conducted a drive in the area around 3:30 am, said Pradeep Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Teknaf Police Station.
Sensing danger, the criminals opened fire on police, prompting them to fire back in self-defencethat triggered a gunfight.
Four policemen were injured during the gunfight.
In Munshiganj, a suspected drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Deulbari in Tongibariupazila early Wednesday.
The deceased was identified as Abdul Hossain Sheikh, 49, son of NazimUddin Sheikh of Kunderbazar village of the upazila. He was wanted in 18 cases including of drug.
Tipped off, a team of Rab-11 conducted a drive in the area around 1 am, said its deputy commanding officerMajor AshikBillal.
Sensing the presence of the Rab members, the criminals opened fire on Rab members, forcing them to fire back in self-defense.
Later, the elite force members recovered the bullet-hit body of AbulHossain from the spot.
In Sylhet, Shahidul Islam alias Shahid Mia, 42, a listed drug trader, was killed in a reported gunfight with Rab members at Sreerampu Bypass in Mogla Bazar in Dakkhin Surma upazila in the early morning.
Mohammad Maniruzzaman, additional superintendent of Rab-9, said a team of Rab conducted an anti-drug drive in the area around 3:30 am.
Apprehending presence of elite force, the criminals fired gunshots at Rab men which forced them to fire back, leaving Shahidul dead.
Shahidul, son of Dulal Mia of Ahmedpur village, was a top listed criminal of the Home Ministry.
One pistol and huge Yaba tablets were recovered from the spot.
Dhaka, Nov 20 (UNB) – A Dhaka court on Tuesday sentenced BNP standing committee member Barrister Rafiqul Islam Miah to three-year jail in a graft case filed for amassing illegal wealth.
Judge Sheikh Golam Mahbub of Dhaka Special Judge Court-6 passed the order denying a time petition filed by Rafiqul’s lawyer Golam Mostafa Khan to defer the verdict.
The court also fined him Tk 50 thousand, by default, or he has to serve three-month more imprisonment.
The court issued arrest warrant against Rafiqul as he did not appear before it today (Tuesday) while delivering the verdict.
In 2001, the then Anti-Corruption Commission asked Rafiqul Islam a notice to submit his wealth statement.
But, he did not submit the statement. Later on January 15, 2004, the ACC official Liakat Hossain filed a case accusing Rafiqul with Uttara Police Station.
After investigation, the official submitted charge-sheet against Rafiqul on November 30.
Taking the charge-sheet into cognizance, the court started its trail on November 14, 2017.