Dhaka, Apr 9 (UNB) – The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a High Court order that directed Suprobhat Paribahan to pay Tk 10 lakh to the family of Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) student Abrar Ahmed Chowdhury who was killed in a road crash in the capital on March 19.
The four-member bench of Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order rejecting a petition filed by Suprobhat Paribahan seeking stay on the HC order.
Earlier on March 20, the HC directed the authorities of Suprobhat Paribahan to pay Tk 10 lakh to Abrar’s family within seven days.
The HC also issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain why directives would not be given to provide Tk 5 crore as compensation for the death incident.
Abrar, son of Brig Gen (retd) Arif Ahmed Chowdhury, died after being hit by a ‘Suprobhat Paribahan’ bus in front of Bashundhara gate around 7:15 am on March 19.
Dhaka, Apr 8 (UNB) – The government cannot forcibly release a prisoner on parole if that person does not apply for it, Law Minister Anisul Huq said Monday, dismissing allegations raised by some BNP leaders.
“An application needs to be submitted following the due procedures by any prisoner to get parole,” he pointed out.
Several BNP leaders have recently claimed that the government is trying to release party Chairperson Khaleda Zia on parole by force though they do not want it.
“No one can be released on parole forcibly,” the minister told reporters at his Secretariat office.
Parole is a conditional release of an inmate before completion of the sentence.
BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi has alleged that contradictory remarks by the Home Minister and Awami League leader Mahabub-Ul Alam Hanif over Khaleda’s parole have exposed the government’s mockery over the matter.
Khaleda’s parole has been the talk of the town since Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said they would consider releasing the BNP chief if she files an application and cites specific reasons.
He said they did not receive any such application from the BNP chairperson.
But Hanif on Sunday ruled out the possibility of releasing the BNP chief on parole. “She doesn’t fall under any category to be allowed for release on parole,” he said about the former prime minister.
The BNP chairperson has been in jail since February 8 last year after being convicted in a corruption case. She was later found guilty in a similar case. Her release remains BNP's main demand.
Khaleda was shifted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University on April 1 amid her party’s allegation that the government is neglecting her treatment.
Dhaka, Apr 8 (UNB) – The two sons of Wahed Mansion’s owner were sent on a seven-day remand on Monday in connection with the Old Dhaka fire that killed 71 people in February.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Razesh Chowdhury gave the order after police sought 10 days to interrogate Md Hasan and Sohel alias Shaheed.
A court sent Hasan and Sohel to jail on April 2, rejecting their bail petitions after they turned themselves in.
The siblings had secured a three-week bail from the High Court on March 11. The court had asked them to surrender before a subordinate court after the tenure of the given bail is over and cooperate with investigation into the fire.
Seventy-one people were killed and dozens were injured in a fire that broke out at Wahed Mansion in Churihatta. Two cases were filed.
Dhaka, Apr 7 (UNB) - The High Court on Monday issued a rule asking why it shouldn’t issue a directive to strictly enforce all existing laws related to fire safety in the country, to ensure safety of residents and others in risky buildings across the country.
All densely populated areas, illegal buildings, factories and commercial establishments will be covered under the language of the ruling.
Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Quader passed the order on Sunday following the petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer ZI Khan Panna.
Advocate ZI Khan Panna said they also filed a petition for the compensation promised to February's Chawkbazar fire victims (families in case of those who died) but attorney general’s office raised objections over it.
The court is hopeful this time as none other than the prime minister herself gave certain directions, he added.
Dhaka, Apr 7 (UNB) -The government on Sunday deployed members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) at Saint Martin’s Island in Teknaf upazila in Coxs Bazar.
Sources at the BGB headquarters said BGB members started patrolling the St. Martin's Island, a small island in the northeastern part of the Bay of Bengal, with heavy weapons from Sunday morning.
“Adequate BGB members have been deployed in the island at the directive of the government. The number will be increased further,” Mohammad Mohsin Reza, BGB Public Relations Officer (headquarters), told UNB.
He said the paramilitary troops were also there in the island till 1997.
“They (BGB members) have been deployed there again this (Sunday) morning alongside members of other law-enforcement agencies, including Coast Guard, to ensure security of the island,” Reza said without elaborating what has actually prompted the government to deploy the BGB members there.