Dhaka, Feb 7 (UNB) - A court here on Thursday sentenced a top official of Polychem Laboratories Ltd to one year’s imprisonment in a case filed 26 years ago for producing toxic paracetamol syrup which caused deaths of 92 children.
The convict is Abdur Rob, the then director of the pharmaceutical company.
The court also fined him Tk 50,000 and in case of failure to pay the penalty, he will have to serve three more months in jail.
Dhaka Drug Court Judge Syed Kamal Hossain delivered the verdict acquitting three other accused -- manager AMM Golam Kader and two pharmacists -- Md Mahbubul Alam and Delwar Hossain.
Besides, another accused -- Polychem managing director Harun-or-Rashid – died during the trial proceedings.
Abdur Rob, who was in bail in the case, got his bail extended by one month on condition of appeal.
In 1992, then director general of Drug Administration Abul Khayer Chowdhury filed a case against five people of Polychem Laboratories Limited, including the director, in connection with producing toxic paracetamol syrup that caused deaths of 92 children.
The court framed charges against them on March 6, 1994.
The proceedings of the case were postponed as the High Court issued a stay order in response to a criminal revision filed by Harun-or-Rashid.
After 18 years on April 12, 2012, the HC rejected the criminal revision.
Later, the trial proceedings started again on November 5, 2015.
Dhaka, Feb 7 (UNB) - The High Court on Thursday declared a government policy valid, barring teachers of both government and private educational institutions from getting involved in coaching business.
The HC bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil passed the verdict after the final hearing on five writ petitions filed between 2011 and 2018.
Earlier on January 27, the court fixed February 7 for passing its judgment after hearing the writ petitions and rule issued earlier in this regard.
Following the court order, no teacher can directly be involved with any coaching centre operating commercially, said deputy attorney general Md Mokhlesur Rahman.
He, however, said institution heads can arrange additional classes either before or after the regular classes for interested students following requests made by their guardians. “And the policy mentions how much fee will be charged for it.”
The government announced a policy titled ‘Policy-2012 to stop teachers from doing coaching business in educational institutes’ on June 20, 2012.
As per the policy, a teacher can teach a maximum of 10 students of other institutions a day with prior permission from the head of their institutions.
For doing so, the teacher will have to notify his/her school head of the students.
The policy also prevented teachers from doing private tuition during school hours.
In its observations, the court said there is no scope for teachers of government and private schools and colleges to get involved in coaching business as per the 2012 policy. They can also not do coaching business as per the service rules and they enter their jobs accepting the service rules.
The court also said governments in developed countries can issue circulars, notifications, directives and policies time and time for implementing laws and it is their constitutional right. “The government neither violated the constitutional nor legal right of the writ petitioners issuing the policy banning the coaching business. So, the policy is valid.”
In 2011, President of Ideal School Guardians’ Forum M Ziaul Kabir Dulu filed a writ petition with the High Court seeking its directives to stop the coaching business whereby the court directed the government to formulate guidelines in this regard.
While the writ was pending, the court announced the ‘Policy-2012 to stop teachers from doing coaching business in educational institutes’ on June 20, 2012.
Challenging the policy, a writ petition was filed in 2012 and a rule was issued in this regard.
Following an investigative report published on a daily on April 4, 2017, the Anti-Corruption Commission launched a probe on coaching business.
On December 2, 2017, it put forward a report to the authorities concerned with some recommendations, including taking actions against those involved in coaching business.
Following the report, the Directorate of Secondary and High Education (DSHE) took departmental actions, including transfer of teachers of renowned teachers of the capital and issuing show-cause notices to them.
Later, Viqarunnisa Noon School and College teacher Dr Farhana Khanam filed a writ petition with the HC challenging the policy and actions of the DSHE. Motijheel Govt Boys’ High School teacher M Kabir Chowdhury filed another writ challenging the policy and the DSHE letter taking action against 25 government teachers.
Besides, several teachers of Dhanmondi Govt High School lodged a writ challenging their transfer and show-cause notices.
The court rejected the writs filed by the teachers of Motijheel Govt Boys’ High School and Dhanmondi Govt High School, saying the activities of the DSHE notice will continue against them.
The court granted the writ petition filed the Viqarunnisa teacher and declared the departmental action illegal.
Kushtia, Feb 7 (UNB)- A court here on Thursday sentenced a man to death and nine others to different jail terms in connection with killing of a teenage boy in Kumarkhali upazila in 2014.
The condemned convict is Khairul Islam, 36, son of Omed Ali, a resident of Komorkandi village. The court also fined him Tk one lakh.
Besides, the court sentenced Khairul’s cousin Md Ziku, 32, son of Samad Pramanik, to one year jail and eight others to three months jail each.
The eight convicts are- Khairul’s brother Faruk Hossain, 32, his three uncles Asan Pramanik, 58, Abul Kashem, 48, Osel Pramanik, 50, Atiar Rahman, 40, Rabiul Islam, 25 and Jahangir Hossain, 42.
According to the prosecution, equipped with sharp weapons the convicts attacked the house of Palash Uddin in the evening on October 5, 2014 over previous enmity.
As Palash’s son Babul Hossain, 14, came to resist the attackers, they hacked him indiscriminately, leaving him critically injured.
Later, the injured was taken to Kushtia General Hospital where doctors declared him dead.
Later, a case was filed against 10 people with Kumarkhali Police Station.
After examining all the records and witnesses, Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal judge Munshi Md Mashia rRahman handed down the verdict.
Dhaka, Feb 6 (UNB) – The High Court on Wednesday set February 18 to pass its order on a writ petition challenging the legality of the swearing in of the members of 11th parliament.
The bench of Justice Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil fixed the date.
Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon, the petitioner’s lawyer, said the taking of oath by MPs went against the constitution as they were sworn in before the expiry of the 10th parliament.
The five-year tenure of the last parliament was supposed to end on January 28.
But Attorney General Mahbubey Alam argued that the MPs started performing their duties from January 30. Although the swearing in took place earlier, it did not violate the law.
Lawyer Tawhidul Islam filed a writ petition on January 14 challenging the legality of the swearing in. But the court rejected the petition on January 17 saying it was not moved properly.
Later, he moved the HC again. At that time, Khokon said they had filed a ‘writ of co-warrant’ that also sought a rule seeking explanation as to how the MPs of 11th parliament are holding on to their posts as they did not take oath as ‘per the Constitution’.
Chattogram, Feb 6 (UNB) – A court here on Wednesday sent Sub-Inspector Khandakar Saif of Bakolia Police Station to jail in a case filed over the recovery of yaba from his house.
The SI turned himself in to Chattogram Metropolitan Magistrate Court earlier in the day.
A Rapid Action Battalion team had recovered 14,100 pieces of yaba from Saif’s house on July 30 last year, Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP)Assistant Commissioner Kazi Sahab Uddin Ahmed said.
They also recovered Tk 2,31,630, four mobile phones, and three tabs from his house.