Dhaka, Oct 3 (UNB) – Extending her bail until October 8, the High Court (HC) on Wednesday directed the counsels of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to finish within the next three working days the arguments of hearing of an appeal filed by her seeking cancellation of her sentence in the Zia Orphanage Trust case.
A bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order as Khaleda’s lawyers sought time for taking part in the hearing.
While passing the order, the court also expressed dissatisfaction as Khaleda’s lawyers have been escaping the appeal hearing and seeking bail extension again and again, said Anti-Corruption Commission lawyer Khurshid Alam.
There is a directive of the Appellate Division to dispose of the case within October 31.
On February 8 last, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the former Prime Minister and BNP chairperson and sentenced her to five years' imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
Since then, Khaleda Zia has been in Old Dhaka Central Jail at Nazimuddin Road.
Dhaka, Oct 3 (UNB) – The High Court on Wednesday fixed Thursday to pass an order on a writ petition seeking its directive on the authorities concerned for providing better treatment to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a specialised hospital.
An HC bench comprising Justice Sheikh Hasan Arif and Justice Rajik Al Jalil fixed the date after completing the hearing on the petition.
Former attorney general A J Mohammad Ali and Barriester Mahbub Uddin Khokon stood for Khaleda and attorney general MahbubeyAlam represented the state.
BNP chief's lawyer Barrister Nawshad Jamir filed the writ petition with the concerned branch of the court on September 9.
On February 8 last, a special court here sentenced Khaleda to five years' rigorous imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. Since then she has been kept in Old Dhaka Central Jail.
Dhaka, Oct 3 (UNB) – The High Court on Wednesday fixed Sunday for hearing the writ petition filed seeking its directives on dissolution of the 10th parliament 42 days ahead of the national election and formation of a caretaker government.
A HC bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal fixed the date following a hearing on the petition today.
On October 1 last, Supreme Court lawyer Eunus Ali Akond filed the writ with the bench concerned of the High Court seeking its directives on dissolution of the 10th parliament 42 days ahead of the next national election as well as formation of a caretaker government.
The writ also sought issuance of a rule asking the respondents to take steps for dissolving parliament and forming a caretaker government.
It also sought an order staying the announcement of the election schedule until the rule is disposed of.
The Law Secretary, Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Secretary, Secretary to the President, Cabinet Secretary, Secretary to Prime Minister’s Office, Jatiya Sangsad Secretary and Chief Election Commissioner have been made respondents to the writ.
Dhaka, Oct 2 (UNB) – Claiming that former Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has no allegiance towards the country, Law Minister Anisul Huq on Tuesday said he will be brought back home through a legal process.
He made the remarks while talking to reporters after inaugurating software and an app of National Legal Aid Services Organisation at the Judicial Administration Training Institute in the city.
As his book ‘Broken Dream: Rule of Law, Human Rights and Democracy’ has failed to fulfill his desires, SK Sinha is now crying foul, the minister said. “It’s now evident that he has no allegiance towards the country.”
Mentioning that the former Chief Justice earlier could have said in the country what he is now saying, Anisul said, “But, he’s now uttering those outside the country as those are false. It has become evident he’s saying these to get political asylum abroad.”
About the amendment to the Representation of the People Order, he said they received a proposal from the Election Commission to this end and it is now being scrutinised.
Asked whether there will be any change to the pending ‘Digital Security Act’, the minister once again said the issue will be placed before the Cabinet as discussed with the Sampadak Parishad (Editors’ Council).
Earlier, Anisul inaugurated the software and the app to provide legal aid to the destitute and helpless people at free of cost.
About the BD Legal App which was opened at the programme, the minister said it work as a ‘digital door’ for getting legal aid from the government.
Law Commission Chairman Justice ABM Khairul Haque, Law Secretary Abu Saleh Sheikh Md Zahirul Haque, Director General of Judicial Administration Training Institute Justice Khandaker Musa Khaled and Director of National Legal Aid Services Organisation Md Zafrol Hasan were, among others, present there.
Dhaka, Oct 2 (UNB) - The High Court on Tuesday asked the Finance Division Secretary to investigate the absence of Bangabandhu’s photo and distortion of the Liberation War history in the book ‘History of Bangladesh Bank’ and submit a report to his end.
An HC bench of Justice Md Ashfaqul Islam and Justice Mohammad Ali passed the order following a writ petition filed by Bangladesh Human Rights Commission Chairman Iktedar Ahmed.
The court also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the distortion of the Liberation War history and the absence of the photo of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the book should not be declared illegal.
The Finance Division Secretary and five others have been made respondents to the rule which is returnable in four weeks.
Bangladesh Bank has published a book ‘History of Bangladesh Bank’ in December 2017 in which there is no existence of the photo of Bangabandhu and it also distorted the history of the Liberation War, including the ‘7th March Speech’.
Iktedar Ahmed filed the writ petition in the morning in this regard.