A Dhaka court on Thursday fixed November 17 for hearing on charge framing in Barapukuria coalmine corruption case against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and 10 others.
Dhaka Special Judges’ Court Judge AHM Ruhul Imran passed the order after granting time petition filed by Khaleda’s lawyer Masud Ahmed Talukdar.
The time petition was filed on ground of Khaleda’s ailment, Talukdar said.
Earlier on August 20, the court set September 17 for holding hearing on charge framing in Barapukuria Coal Mine graft case.
On February 26, 2008, the Anti- Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case with Shahbagh Police Station accusing 16 people, including Khaleda and 10 of her former cabinet colleagues, of taking Tk 159 crore 71 lakh in kickbacks on the Barapukuria coalmine deal which was awarded to the highest bidder instead of the lowest one.
However, among the 16 accused, Motiur Rahman Nizami and Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mojaheed were executed for their crimes against humanity while former Finance Minister Saifur Rahman, BNP leader Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan and former Petrobangla chairman AR Osmani have already died.
On October 5, 2008, the ACC pressed charges against the accused in the Barapukuria graft case.
Responding to a petition filed by Khaleda, the HC on October 16, 2008 stayed the case proceedings and issued a rule asking the ACC to explain why the case should not be quashed.
The Appellate Division later upheld the stay order as well, leaving the corruption case in the cold.
Later on September 17, 2015, the HC lifted the stay order resuming the trial proceedings of the case.
The High Court on Thursday issued three rules asking the authorities concerned to explain why Pirojpur court order granting bail to former Awami League lawmaker AKMA Awal and his wife Layla Parvin in three separate graft cases, would not be declared illegal.
The HC bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Ahmed Sohel came up with the rules after hearing of three petitions filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission.
Lawyer Khurshid Alam stood for the ACC, deputy attorney general AKM Amin Uddin Manik for state and lawyer Sheikh Ausafur Rahman for Awal couple.
AKM Amin Uddin said that the HC issued three rules in three cases seeting explanation within three weeks.
Khurshid Alam said AKMA Awal was accused in three cases and his wife in one case. They appeared before the court on January 7 in the three cases and sought interim bail. The High Court granted them bail for eight weeks.
On March 3, they surrendered before the court of Pirojpur district and sessions judge Md Mannan.
The court ordered the authorities concerned to send Awal and his wife to jail, rejecting their bail prayers in three corruption cases.
Later, Mannan was stand released within four hours after he rejected the bail petition of Awal and his wife Lyla Parveen in the cases.
Later, acting district and sessions judge Nahid Nasrin granted them bail for two months following a review petition filed by the accused.
On December 30, 2019 Deputy Director Md Ali Akbar of ACC Barishal unit filed the three cases.
According to the case statement, Awal occupied a portion of government land behind the Land Office in Pirojpur Sadar Upazila and built a two-storied building on it.
He also rented the building to Pally Bidyut Samity and the rent agreement was signed by his wife Lyla.
Awal was elected from ruling Awami League from the Pirojpur-1 constituency in 2008 and 2014 elections.
Regent Group Chairman Mohammad Shahed Karim claimed himself completely innocent while giving his self-defence statement at a court on Wednesday in a case filed for keeping illegal arms.
He gave the statement before Judge KM Imrul Kayes of the Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Court.
“No arms were recovered from me, I’m completely innocent and expecting justice from the court,” Shahed said.
The court fixed September 17, to present arguments of the state.
Recording testimonies of the witnesses in the case were completed on Tuesday.
Earlier, members of Rab arrested Shahed from a bordering area of Satkhira on July 15.
Rab members also recovered a firearm, some bullets and foreign currencies from his possession.
Law enforcers raided Mirpur and Uttara branches of Regent Hospital on July 6 on charge of issuing fake Covid-19 certificates and charging the admitted patients exorbitant fees.
The Regent Group head office along with both the hospitals was sealed off and 16 people, including the chairman, were sued on charge of issuing fake coronavirus test reports.
The High Court on Wednesday summoned Faridpur's Senior Judicial Magistrate Md Mainul Islam for not following the rules in recording the confessional statements of three accused in a school student murder case.
The HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman issued the summons order.
Senior Judicial Magistrate Mainul Islam has been asked to explain the matter on October 8 after appearing before the court.
Barriester Ruhul Kuddus Kajol, who stood for the accused, said that the judge recorded confessional statements of the three accused within three hours on June 28, 2018 and without giving them adequate time which is violation of the relevant rules.
School student Antor was strangulated to death on June 7, 2018 after abduction.
Two accused in the case- Azizul Sheikh and Ashraf Sheikh- were denied bail in the murder case now pending with Woman and Children Repression Tribunal of Faridpur.
Three accused including the two filed a petition with the High Court against the tribunal’s order.
After hearing the arguments, the HC bench summoned the senior judicial magistrate for his explanation over the issue, and kept the appeal pending for hearing till October 8.
A Barguna court on Wednesday fixed September 30 for delivering its verdict in Rifat Sharif murder case.
District and Sessions Judge Md Asaduzzaman fixed the date after the state concluded arguments in the morning.
Ten accused, including the victim’s wife Aysha Siddika Minni, were present in the dock.
The court finished recording testimonies of 14 juvenile accused on Tuesday.
Rifat was hacked to death in broad daylight in the district town on June 26 last year.
He was attacked near the main gate of Barguna Government College. Surveillance camera footage showed his wife Minni apparently trying to save him.
Twenty-four people were accused in the murder case filed by Rifat’s father. Minni, initially named as a witness, was later arrested on July 16 last year and made an accused.
Sabbir Ahmed alias Nayon Bond, the main accused, was killed in a reported gunfight with police on July 2.
The High Court on August 29 granted bail to Minni on condition that she would remain in her father’s custody and refrain from talking to the media.