Dhaka, Dec 4 (UNB) – The High Court on Tuesday observed that the suicide by a student of Viqarunnisa Noon School is heart-rending and termed the insulting of her parents a ‘very bad example’.
The HC bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Rajik Al Jalil came up with the observations when a Supreme Court lawyer brought the issue to their notice.
The lawyer, barrister Sayedul Haque Sumon, presented the reports on the suicide published in different newspapers before the HC bench and sought its directives.
The court asked the lawyer to file a writ attaching the newspaper reports with it.
Aritree Adhikari, 15, daughter of Dilip Adhikari, and a Class-IX student of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, committed suicide at their Shantinagar residence in the city on Monday after allegedly being rebuked by teachers for using mobile phone during examination.
Dhaka, Dec 3 (UNB) – The High Court on Monday asked the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institutions (BSTI) and law enforcement agencies to take necessary steps to stop the supply of unauthorised bottled water.
An HC bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil came up with the order following a writ petition filed in the form of public interest litigation.
It also sought a report through the attorney general within 15 days on what steps the BSTI has taken in this regard.
Besides, the court issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why its failure to provide pure drinking water in bottles and jars should not be declared illegal.
Secretaries of the Food and Health ministries, Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services, Managing Director of Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) and three others have been made respondents to the rule which is returnable in four weeks.
Advocate JR Khan Robin stood for the writ petitioner while deputy attorney general Mokhlesur Rahman represented the state.
On May 22, a report titled ‘Bottled water synonymous with fraudulence’ was published in a daily vernacular.
On May 27, Advocate Shammi Akhter filed the writ petition with the High Court attaching the report.
Dhaka, Dec 3 (UNB) – The formal trial in the sensational Holey Artisan café attack case began on Monday with the deposition of a prosecution witness before a tribunal.
Dhaka Anti-terrorism Special Tribunal Judge Mohammad Mujibur Rahman partially recorded the testimony of Ripon Kumar Das and adjourned the recording of deposition for Tuesday.
After framing charges against eight ‘militants’ in the case, the tribunal on November 26 fixed December 3 for recording the statements of witnesses in the case.
Of the eight accused, six are now in jail while two others have been on the run.
The six accused are Jahangir Alam alias Rajib Gandhi, Mahmudul Hasan Mijan, Sohel Mahfuz, Rashidul Islam alias Ryash, Boro Mijan and Hadisur Rahman Sagor.
The two absconding accused are Mamunur Rashid Ripon and Shariful Islam Khaled.
On July 23, police pressed charges against eight alleged militants in the Holey Artisan cafe attack case.
Hasnat Karim, a North South University teacher who was one of the hostages and later detained, was acquitted of the charges since there was no evidence of his complicity with the attack, according to the police.
The terrorist attack that shattered the country and drew global attention, claimed lives of 22 people -- nine Italians, seven Japanese, one Indian, one Bangladeshi-born American and two Bangladeshis along with two police officers -- on July 1 2016.
Twenty-one people were identified to be behind the attack. Among them, 13 were killed in gunfights at different times.
Dhaka, Dec 3 (UNB) – The High Court on Monday directed the Returning Officer of Rangpur district to accept nomination paper of BNP-nominated candidate Jamaat leader Prof GolamRabbani for Rangpur-5 constituency.
An HC bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Rajik Al Jalil came up with the order following a writ petition filed by the candidate on Sunday.
Rabbani’s lawyer ShishirMonir said that when GolamRabbani went to the returning officer to submit his nomination paper on November 28, the returning officer wasted time without any reason and finally did not accept his nomination paper. However, now the court directed the EC to accept nomination paper as soon as possible.
GolamRabbanialso submitted a written application to the Chief Election Commissioner on Saturday.
Sylhet, Dec 2 (UNB) - The High Court on Sunday granted bail to BNP’s Sylhet district unit General Secretary Ali Ahmed in a case filed over hindering police from doing their duty.
Earlier on November 27, HC Justice Rezaul Haque and Jafar Ahmed granted bail to him in in GR 713/18 case filed by Sylhet Metropolitan Police with Kotwali Police Station.
Sylhet BNP Official Secretary Advocate Md Fakhrul Haque said Ali Ahmed got bail on Sunday noon after reaching the necessary document to Sylhet central jail and Advocate Kamruzzaman Selim presented the case on behalf of him.
Police arrested Ali Ahmed and seven others from in front of Sylhet Central Shahid Minar while their leaders and activists were taking preparation for a demonstration programme on November 30.