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.
Dhaka, Feb 13 (UNB) – The High Court on Wednesday asked the authorities concerned to prepare a list of loan defaulters and money launderers of the last 20 years and submit it to the court.
The HC also issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain why order should not be given to form a powerful commission to identify irregularities and corruption in the banking sector in the previous years.
The HC-bench of Justice F R M Nazmul Ahsan and Justice K M Kamrul Kader came up with the order and rule after primary hearing on a writ petition filed by lawyer Manzill Morshed on behalf of Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB) to stop irregularities and corruption in the banking sector.
Secretaries to Prime Minister’s Office, Cabinet, Ministry of Finance, Bangladesh Bank Governor and chairmen and Managing Directors of all government and private banks have been made respondents to the rule.
Lawyer Manzill Morshed stood for the writ petitioner and deputy attorney general barrister A B M Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar for the state.
During the hearing, the court said a vulnerable situation has already been created in the government and private banking sector in Bangladesh. Necessary steps should be taken to stop all irregularities for reviving the economy and taking it to a strong position.
Earlier, on January 23, a legal notice was served asking the authorities concerned to conduct an inquiry into irregularities in the banking sector of Bangladesh during the last 20 years.
Human rights body HRPB sent the notice asking the government to form a commission under section 3 of the Commission Inquiry Act 1956 for the purpose of making inquiry into the various misappropriation s of banking money and irregularities in case of loan sanctioning occurred during the last 20 years in different private and public banks.
The notice was sent to Bangladesh Bank governor, secretaries to the cabinet, Prime Minister’s Office, Finance Division, Financial Institutions Division of Ministry of Finance, and the Law Ministry asking them to form the commission within a week.
As, there was no reply of the notice, the writ was filed with the court.