Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Monday filed a petition with the High Court (HC) seeking cancellation of bail granted to former Awami League MP AKM Awal and his wife Lyla Parveen in graft cases.
ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan said Awal, also former lawmaker of Pirojpur-1 constituency, was sued in three cases and his wife in one case.
ACC filed the petition seeking bail cancellation of the duo that was granted by a District Judge Court in Pirojpur on March 3, after they surrendered. Before that, the couple also secured 8-week anticipatory bail from HC on January 7.
On December 30, 2019 Deputy Director Md Ali Akbar of ACC Barishal unit filed 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 filed by his wife Lyla.
Awal was elected from ruling Awami League from the Pirojpur-1 constituency in 2008 and 2014 elections.
A Cox’s Bazar court here on Monday sent another policeman, arrested in connection with Major (retd) Sinha Md Rashed Khan murder case, to jail.
Cox’s Bazar Chief Judicial Magistrate sent Rubel Sharma, constable of Teknaf Police Station, to jail when police produced him before the court at noon.
Khairul Islam, assistant superintendent of police, said police arrested Rubel in connection with his suspected involvement in the murder.
Later, he was shown arrested in the case and produced before the court, he said.
With the arrest of Rubel, 14 police members were arrested in the case.
Major (retd) Sinha was killed in police firing at Baharchhara police check-post on July 31.
Sharmin Shahriar Ferdous, elder sister of Sinha, filed the case at Teknaf Senior Judicial Magistrate Court, accusing the 13 police members.
All the 13 accused, except OC Pradeep Kumar Das, gave confessional statements before court over the tragic murder.
The High Court on Monday asked the Managing of Director of Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WASA) Taksim A Khan to implement its 2011 order to take steps to prevent the pollution of the Buriganga River and submit a progress report to it within one month.
The HC bench of Justice Gobinda Chandra Thakur and Mohammad Ullah passed the order after hearing a petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh.
“The Wasa MD is not implementing the order of the HC willingly and wasting time. The order of the HC should not be taken lightly,” said the court.
The HC also fixed October 18 for next hearing.
Besides, the HC also asked the authorities concerned to remove the wastes from the southern side and the banks of the Buriganga River within two weeks and take steps to stop dumping wastes on it.
It also asked the authorities concerned including Department of Environment (DoE), Dhaka District deputy commissioner, Police Super, Keraniganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) and officer-in-charge of Keraniganj Police Station to submit a progress report within September 30 in this regard.
Advocate Manzill Murshid stood for the petitioner while advocate Umme Salma for Wasa and lawyer Amatul Karim represented the Department of Environment (DoE).
In 2011, the High Court directed the authorities concerned to evict all the illegal establishments along the Buriganga River. It also asked to take necessary steps to stop dumping all kinds of wastes into it.
But some industries were involved in dumping liquid waste through the sewerage lines of Wasa.
On March 4, the Wasa MD assured the court of implementing its order after appearing before the court physically.
In 2010, Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB) filed a writ with the High Court to bring an end to Buriganga water pollution.
The HC issued directives in 2011 to Wasa for disconnecting industrial discharge lines into the river within six months.
In 2014, DoE disconnected the electric lines of those industries which had no ETP (effluent treatment plant) and those who dump industrial wastes in the Buriganga.
Manzill Murshid said the DoE action was stayed by the Supreme Court following a petition filed by Industry Owners’ Association seeking a stay. Later in 2016, the Appellate Division passed an order declaring the action by DoE legal. But Wasa did not take any step in the three years.
Later, Wasa submitted a report saying that there is no sewerage line of Wasa connecting the Buriganga River.
Dhaka Wasa, in its affidavit, said its 930-km sewerage line disposes wastes at Pagla sewerage treatment plant and no line is connected to the Buriganga.
In 2011, the High Court issued directives to prevent the pollution of Buriganga after hearing a writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh.
As the HC order went unheeded, the organisation filed an appeal again in this regard.
A Dhaka court on Monday granted bail for Didarul Bhuiyan, leader of sociopolitical collective ‘Rastrochinta’ (Statecraft) in a case filed under the Digital Security Act for ‘anti-government posts’ on Facebook.
The bench of Justice Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order.
Advocates Jyotirmoy Barua, Hasnat Kaiyum, and Kazi Jahed Iqbal stood for the bail petitioner.
Barua said “The HC did not mention any specific time limit for the bail but it may be for 6-months or a year.”
Warrant Officer Md Abu Bakar Siddique of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) filed the case on May 5 under Digital Security Act against 11 people including Minhaz Mannan Emon, Dhaka Stock Exchange director, cartoonist Kabir Kishore and writer Mushtak Ahmed.
According to the case statement, the accused misled people by spreading rumours based on little more than hearsay.
A Dhaka court on Monday sentenced five people including a former sub-inspector of Shahbagh Police Station to 10 years imprisonment each in a case filed for looting Tk 18 lakh in 2011.
Shahidul Islam, Judge of the Dhaka Special Court-7 handed down the verdict.
The convicts are—SI Mosaddek Hossain Khan, Manirul Islam, Sazzad Hossain, Lutfur Rahman Khan and Liton Hawladar.
The court also acquitted Alam Khan and Samuyel Boidya as allegations brought against them could not be proved.
According to the prosecution, Moin Uddin, manager of JK Sales and Company, went out to deposit Tk 18 lakh to South East Bank in Khilkhet area on February 14, 2011.
The convicts picked Moin up in a microbus and forced him to step down from the vehicle at Matikata without the money.
Moin Uddin filed a case with Khilkhet Police Station.
Police later recovered Tk 12 lakh from the convicts and seized the microbus.
On May 30, 2011, police submitted chargesheet against seven people in this connection.