Dhaka, June 18 (UNB) – The High Court on Tuesday asked the government to take stern action against people involved in using harmful chemicals in fruits.
The bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader issued the order after hearing on a writ petition.
The bench also expressed dissatisfaction over a report of Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) made after testing the use of formalin and harmful chemicals in mango.
Advocate Manzill Murshid stood for the petitioner while Deputy Attorney General ABM Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar represented the state.
Besides, two separate reports on behalf of the Rab and police chiefs were submitted before the court.
On May 20, the court asked the Rab chief, IGP, BSTI chairman and its director to from a monitoring team to check the use of chemicals in fruit markets and wholesale markets of Dhaka and other parts of the country.
On April 9, the HC asked the government to deploy law enforcers led by magistrate to stop the use of chemicals in mango orchards in Rajshahi. It also asked the Rajshahi Divisional Commissioner and DIG of Rajshahi range to submit reports after implementing the order.
Dhaka, June 18 (UNB) - The High Court on Tuesday asked the authorities concerned to take necessary steps to remove expired medicines from pharmacy shelves across the country and destroy those within 30 days.
The HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader passed the order following a writ petition.
The court also asked the relevant authorities to take action against those involved in preserving and selling expired medicines and submit a progress report in this regard.
On June 10, Manjur Mohammad Shahrier, director general of Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection's (DNCRP), said 93 percent pharmacies in the capital kept date-expired drugs. The report was published in different newspapers the following day.
Supreme Court lawyer Mahfuzur Rahman Milon, on behalf of Justice Watch Foundation, filed a writ petition with the High Court after attaching the reports published in national dailies on June 17.
Barrister ABM Altaf Hossain stood for the writ petitioner while deputy attorney general ABM Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar represented the state.
The HC also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the ineffectiveness of the defendant should not be declared illegal.
Secretaries to the Home Ministry, Health and Family Welfare Ministry, Law Ministry, Commerce Ministry, Industries Ministry, director general of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), director general of Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) and director general of Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection's (DNCRP), its deputy director, IGP, president of Bangladesh Association of Pharmaceutical Industries (BAPI) and its general secretary have been made respondents to the rule.
Milon, the SC lawyer, said the HC also asked the Health secretary, Director General of DGHS, director general of DGDA, director general of DNCRP, to form separate probe bodies for identifying those involved in selling, preserving and supplying expired medicines and submit a progressive report to the court.
Besides, the court asked the DNCRP director general and its deputy general to submit a report about the comment of its deputy director Manjur Mohammad Shahrier, said Milon.
According to the report published in daily newspapers on June 10, Manjur Mohammad Shahrier, director general of Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection's (DNCRP), said 93 percent pharmacies in Dhaka keep date-expired medicines.
He made the remarks while speaking at a programme at Khamarbari arranged by Bangladesh Supermarket Owners Association marking ‘World Food Safety Day’.
Dhaka, June 18 (UNB) - The High Court on Tuesday granted bail for six months to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in two cases filed on defamation charges.
The HC bench of Justice Muhammad Abdul Hafiz and Justice Ahmed Sohel passed the order after hearing separate petitions.
Senior lawyer AJ Mohammad Ali, Barrister Moudud Ahmed, Zainul Abedin and AKM Ehsanur Rahman stood for the BNP chief while Deputy Attorney General Fazlur Rahman Khan represented the state.
One of the cases was filed in 2014 for ‘hurting religious’ sentiments while another in 2016 for making derogatory remarks on Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. AB Siddique, president of Jananetri Parishad, a pro-Awami League organisation, filed the cases against the BNP chief with Shahbagh Police Station.
On June 30 last year, police submitted the final reports against Khaleda in both the cases while the lower court issued a warrant for her arrest taking the reports into its cognizance.
Later, Khaleda’s lawyers appealed for her bail to the High Court in the two cases.
Talking to reporters Moudud said, though both the cases were bailable, the lower court did not grant bail to Khaleda. “So, we had to move the High Court and it has granted her six-month bail in each of the cases.”
Moudud said they have already sought bail for Khaleda in Zia Charitable Trust graft case from the High Court. “The case documents in the case will reach the High Court by 12 more days, and we hope the hearing on the bail in the case will begin then.”
Khaleda still needs to get bail in two more cases--Zia Orphanage and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases--to walk out of jail, one of her counsels Kayser Kamal told UNB.
With the fresh two ones, he said the BNP chief has so far been granted bail in 34 cases out of 36 ones. “We hope, she’ll also get bail in the rest two cases very soon.”
Kayser said they filed an appeal with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court challenging the High Court's verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on March 14 last.
In the petition, he said they also sought bail for Khaleda and a stay order on the effectiveness of her punishment.
Khaleda has been in jail since a lower court sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on February 8, 2018.
She was later also convicted in Zia Charitable Trust graft case by a special court while the High Court doubled her jail term Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
Sherpur, Jun 17 (UNB) – A man was sentenced to life imprisonment on Monday for raping a girl in Kharkharia village of the Sadar upazila on false promise of marriage in 2004.
The convict, 36-year-old Milon Mia, son of Lokman Hossain of the same village, has been on the run since the incident.
He was tried and sentenced in absentia by the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal.
Milon was also fined Tk 1,00,000 for bearing the expenses of the victim’s child who was born after the rape.
According to case statement, Milon promised to marry the victim and raped her for months until she got pregnant in November 2004. When he learned about the development, he fled the area and has since been absconding.
The victim later filed a case against Milon with the tribunal.
Dhaka, June 17 (UNB) – A court here on Monday sent former officer-in-charge of Sonagazi Police Station Moazzem Hossain to jail, rejecting his bail petition in a case filed under the Digital Security Act.
Judge of Dhaka Cyber Tribunal Ash-Shams Jaglul Hussein passed the order when Faruk Ahmed, a lawyer for Moazzem Hossain, sought bail for him.
The court also fixed June 30 for hearing on charge framing in the case.
Earlier, police arrested Moazzem Hossain from the High Court area on Sunday in a case filed over circulating a video on social media on Feni madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s statement at Sonagazi Police Station.
On May 27, a Dhaka court issued an arrest warrant against Moazzem Hossain in the case. But he could not be traced after the issuance of warrant for his arrest.
Allegations brought against Moazzem after Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s murder was found to be authentic by the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI).
Supreme Court lawyer Syeddul Haque Sumon filed the case against Moazzem under the Digital Security Act on May 15.
The former OC was accused of illegally interrogating Nusrat and recording the episode on his phone. The video was later circulated on the social media.
Moazzem summoned Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa’s Principal Sirajud Doula and Nusrat to the police station after the latter accused her teacher of sexually harassing her.
The OC interrogated Nusrat in the absence of her lawyer or any other woman. She was crying but the OC paid no heed and kept questioning her using inappropriate language.
Nusrat’s mother had filed a case with Sonagazi police over her daughter’s sexual harassment. On April 6, the girl was set on fire at an exam centre in Sonagazi upazila, by people loyal to SirajUd Doula. She died on April 10 at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital.
Moazzem was withdrawn the same day and suspended a month later on charge of negligence of duty.