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.
Dhaka, Feb 13 (UNB) – The High Court on Wednesday turned down the bail petition filed by AJM Shamsuzzoha, personal assistant of prime accused Dr Abdul Kader Khan, in Awami League MP Manjurul Islam Liton killing case.
The HC bench of Justice AKM Asaduzzaman and Justice SM Mozibur Rahman made it ‘out of list’ from the cause list during the hearing.
Advocate Joynul Abedin and Advocate Shahidul stood for Shamsuzzoha while Deputy Attorney General Mohammad Bashirullah represented the state.
Ruling party MP Manjurul Islam Liton of Gaibandha-1 constituency was gunned down by miscreants at his village home in Masterpara of Sundarganj upazila on December 31, 2016.
On February 26, 2017, Jatiya Party MP from Gaibandha-1 constituency Dr Abdul Kader Khan confessed before a Gaibandha court to his involvement in the killing. Detectives had arrested him from his residence at Rahmannagar in Bogra on February 21, that year.
Following statement of Kader, police arrested Kader’s personal assistant AJM Shamsuzzoha in this connection.
Dhaka, Feb 12 (UNB) – The High Court on Tuesday asked the government to constitute an independent medical commission to formulate full-fledged practising guidelines for government and private doctors.
The HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader passed the order following a writ petition.
The commission will have to be formed comprising experienced physicians and skilled persons.
In its observation, the court said business cannot be done with the life of people in terms of treatment.
Although the government keeps aside huge allocation for the health sector, medicines are not found at hospitals and those are available in markets, it said.
Referring to Anti-Corruption Commission’s recent drives to 11 government hospitals where it found 40 percent physicians absent in the capital while 62 percent at district level, the court said it reveals the actual scenario of the health sector.
The HC also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the section 4 of the Medical Practice and Private Clinics Laboratories (Regulation) Ordinance-1982 should not be declared illegal.
Health Secretary, Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) and presidents of President of Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council have been made respondents to the rule.
On February 4, Advocate Abdus Sattar Palwan filed the writ with the High Court seeking its directive to stop private practice by the physicians of government hospitals during their office hours.
The writ was filed after a report titled ‘Physician at his chamber, patient dies at hospital’ was published in national dailies and online portals on January 29.
Babul Hossain, 40, who was suffering from cardiac problem, died at Laxmipur Sadar Hospital due to negligence of doctors as duty doctor Bhabani Prasad Roy was absent at that time. Bhabani Prasad was at his chamber in Dakkhin Temuhani of the district during the incident.
Dhaka, Feb 4 (UNB) - A court here on Monday set February 20 for the next hearing on charge-framing against 11 people, including BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, in the Niko graft case.
Judge Sheikh Hafizur Rahman of Dhaka Special Judge Court-9 fixed the date after partial hearing.
The BNP chief was brought to the courtroom around 12:28pm on a wheelchair while BNP leader Barrister Moudud Ahmed resumed delivering his statement challenging the legality of charge-framing.
In his deposition, Moudud said he could not know yet what his crime was. “There’s no reason to file a criminal case against me. I’m not involved in the crime mentioned in the FIR of the case.”
He also claimed that he was made an accused in the case only to politically harass and defame him.
Meanwhile, Khaleda’s lawyer Masum Ahmed sought court’s directives to allow personal physicians of Khaleda provide her treatment at jail.
“As per a High Court order, Khaleda Zia was earlier taken to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) but she was brought back to jail without completing her treatment. Her physical condition is now worsening.”
In response, the court asked him to submit the copy of the HC order in his regard.
Khaleda was taken back to the jail around 2:05 pm.
On December 9, 2007, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the case accusing Khaleda and 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 charge-sheet against the accused on May 5, 2008.
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, Feb 12 (UNB) – The High Court on Tuesday ordered investigation officers of drugs and firearms related cases to finish probe within a month.
If they fail to wrap up investigation within this time, they will have to submit reports to concerned courts, explaining reasons for their failure.
The court also ordered formation of monitoring cells to supervise investigation officers. The inspector general of police and superintendents of police have been asked to implement the order.
Justice Jahangir Hossain and Justice Md Reaz Uddin’s bench issued the orders while granting a four-week anticipatory bail to a Norway expatriate Dr Nurul Islam Sheikh.
The court ordered Gazipur police chief to withdraw Joydebpur Police Station Sub-Inspector Md Abdul Halim within two weeks for trying to frame Islam in a drug-related case filed last year.
On November 29, 2018, a team of Joydebpur police, led by Halim, arrested one Raju Ahmed. After interrogating him, three others, including Islam, were implicated in the case.
The HC ordered Gazipur SP to submit an investigation report over the allegation after Islam sought an anticipatory bail.
After receiving the report, the HC termed the inclusion of Islam in the case ‘deliberate’ and summoned the SI. Earlier on December 10, the investigation officer of the case submitted charge sheet excluding Islam.