Dhaka, Dec 6 (UNB) – The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the High Court order that had granted bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a case filed under the Explosive Substances Act over the arson attack in Cumilla on January 25, 2015.
The seven-member bench of Appellate Division led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order following a petition filed by the state.
The SC also asked the authorities concerned to file leave-to-petition in the regular bench and fixed December 13 for next hearing.
On November 28, the HC bench of Justice AKM Asaduzzaman and Justice SM Mozibur Rahman granted bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the case.
On October 15, Khaleda's lawyer filed a bail petition with the High Court after the Special Judge Court-1 of Cumilla denied the former prime minister bail on September 13 in the case.
The HC accepted Khaleda's appeal for hearing and issued a rule seeking explanation as to why she would not get bail on October 24.
On 25 January 2015, a covered van was set on fire at Haiderpool of Chouddagram municipality on the Dhaka-Chattogram highway.
The following day, sub-inspector Nuruzzaman of Chouddagram Police Station filed a case against the BNP chairperson and 31 other leaders and activists of the party over the incident.
Dhaka, Dec 6 (UNB) – Detectives in a drive arrested Viqarunnisa Noon School and College Class IX class teacher Hasna Hena from the city’s Uttara area on Wednesday night.
A team of Detective Branch of police arrested the teacher in a case filed on charge of provoking Class IX student of the school Aritree Adhikari to take her own life by humiliating her and her parents on accusation of cheating in an exam.
Three teachers -- acting Principal Nazneen Ferdous, morning shift in-charge of Bailey Road branch Zeenat Akhter and Aritree’s class teacher Hasna Hena--were suspended following an education ministry order.
These actions came hours after the government scrapped “monthly pay order” benefits for the teachers and Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid instructed the school’s governing body to fire the teachers.
Aritree Adhikari, a Class-IX student, reportedly committed suicide at their Shantinagar residence in the city on Monday after allegedly being rebuked by teachers for using mobile phone during examination.
Victim’s father Dilip Adhikari filed a case against the three teachers of the school.
Dhaka, Dec 5 (UNB) -The High Court on Wednesday granted bail for six months to Barrister Mainul Hosein in two defamation cases.
An HC bench of Justice Md Rezaul Haque and Justice Jafar Ahmed passed the order after hearing separate petitions filed by him, said his lawyer Masud Rana.
Public Prosecutor Attorney General Khurshidul Alam said the court stayed the trial proceedings of the cases for six months.
According to the case statement, Mainul who was connected to a talk-show ‘Ekattor Journal’ through videoconferencing aired on Ekattor TV hosted by Mithila Farzana, made an ‘offensive comment’ against Masuda Bhatti on October 16.
He tarnished the image of Masuda Bhatti, the statement said.
During the talk-show, Masuda Bhatti asked Mainul, “You say that you’re in the JatiyaOikyafront as a citizen of the country but in social networking sites, many people are saying that you are there as a representative of Jamaat.”
Angered at the comment, Mainul said, “I’m thanking you for your audacity and I want to believe you as ‘characterless’. There’s no question about Jamaat link’s with me and what question you have asked is embarrassing for me.”
Sylhet, Dec 5 (UNB) – Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in a drive arrested two persons along with contraband Indian cigarette and beedi from Mitimahal in Goainghat upazila on Wednesday morning.
The arrestees were identified as Billal Ahmed, 35, son of late Abdul Jalil of Mitimahal and Md Reaz, 25, son of late Abdul Khalik of Angazur area of the upazila.
Acting on a tip-off, an elite force team conducted a raid in the area and arrested them with 23,500 packets of beedi and 7,600 packets of cigarette, said Moniruzzaman, additional superintendent of police (media) of Rab-9.
Later, the arrestees were handed over to Goaighat Police Station with the seized items, the officer added.
Dhaka, Dec 4 (UNB) – A court here on Tuesday ordered the investigation officer to interrogate BNP leader Nipun Roy Chowdhury and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal leader Arifa Sultana Ruma at the jail gate in a case filed over the November 14 Nayapaltan clash.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Tofazzal Hossain passed the order after the investigation officer of the case produced the duo before the court and sought a seven-day remand.
The court also rejected the bail petitions of the accused.
Earlier on November 15, detectives detained Nipun Roy Chowdhury from the city’s Kakrail area while Ruma was arrested on the same day from the High Court area.
On November 14, at least 50 people, including 23 policemen, were injured in a clash between BNP leaders and activists and law enforcers in front of the party’s Nayapaltan central office on the third day of its nomination-paper sale.
Three cases were filed with Paltan Police Station over the clash. Nipun Roy was made accused in all the cases.