Dhaka, Mar 3 (UNB) – A court here on Sunday fixed March 19 to hold a hearing on the charge framing in Niko Graft case against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and 10 others.
Judge Sheikh Hafizur Rahman of Dhaka Special Judge Court-9 fixed the date after hearing from both counsel and accused.
Earlier, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was produced before the court in a wheelchair.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir was present there.
When the court enquired about the health of Khaleda, she replied that she is not well and the jail authorities would not allow her personal physicians.
“I was ready to go to court but they did not produce me before the court but they said I did not appear the court willingly. It’s not right. The state counsel said I was asleep,” said Khaleda.
Khaleda's lawyer Masud Ahmed Talukder filed a petition before the court seeking treatment of Khaleda.
On February 20, a court deferred the charge framing hearing in Niko Graft case against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and 10 others as she could not be produced before the court as she was reportedly asleep.
Judge Sheikh Hafizur Rahman of Dhaka Special Judge Court-9 fixed March 3 for the next hearing.
On February 4, the court set February 20 (today) for the hearing on charge-framing against 11 people, including BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, in the case.
On December 9, 2007, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the case accusing Khaleda and others of causing a loss of Tk 137.77 billion to the Sate by signing an oil-gas exploration deal with Canadian company Niko when the BNP was in office.
Police submitted a charge-sheet against the accused on May 5, 2008.
The others accused in the case are BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed, former state minister for energy AKM Mosharraf Hossain, former principal secretary Kamal Uddin Siddique, Khandaker Shahidul Islam, CM Yusuf Hossain, former Bapex general manager Mir Mainul Haq, its former secretary Shafiur Rahman, Giasuddin Al Mamun, former MP MAH Selim and former vice-president of South-Asia affairs Niko Kashem Sharif.
Bandarban, Mar 3 (UNB) - Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) on Sunday handed over a detained member of Border Guard Police (BGP) to Myanmar officials.
BGP man Ang Bon Thing, hailing from Yangun of Myanmar, was detained for intruding into Bangladesh territory through Bhallukkhaia at Naikhangchhari bordering area on January 24.
The handover ceremony was held following a flag meeting between the two neighboring countries’ border forces at the zero point near Ghumdhum border around 11 pm, said Lt Col Ali Haidar Azad, commanding officer of BGB-34.
Ang was a member of BGP Battalion-287 and was attached to Bendula Camp in Myanmar which is situated just opposite to Naikhangchhari border in Bangladesh.
Jhenaidah, Mar 1 (UNB) – A court here on Thursday convicted three people and sentenced them to life imprisonment for possessing drugs.
The convicts are – Shahadat Hossain, son of Abul Hossain; Joynal Abedin, son of Farhad Khandaker of Chuadanga district; and Mizanur Rahman, son of Abdur Rab of Kaliganj upazila.
They were also fined Tk 10,000 each.
According to the prosecution, police arrested them with 100 bottles of phensedyl from Langalbadh Bazar in Shailakupa on April 5, 2013.
Later a case was filed against them with Shoilakupa Police Station.
After examining records and witnesses, Jhenaidah Additional District and Sessions Judge Golam Azam handed down the verdict.
Dhaka, Feb 27 (UNB) – The High Court on Wednesday denied bail petition of expelled Sramik League leader Tufan Sarkar of Bogura in a case over the torture of a schoolgirl and her mother after the rape of the girl.
An HC-bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice S M Kuddus Jaman rejected the bail petition.
The HC also ordered disposing of the case within six months.
According to the case filed on July 28 in 2017, Tufan took the girl to his house at Badurtala in the district town promising to arrange her admission into a local college and raped her there on July 17 last.
When Tufan's wife Asha and her elder sister Rumki came to know about the incident, they along with some associates picked up the girl and her mother from their house.
They allegedly beat the girl and her mother with sticks and got cut down the hair of their heads. At one stage, the offenders got their heads shaved done by a barber.
Later, two cases were filed in this connection.
On October 10, Police pressed charges against 13 people including Tufan, his wife Tasmin Rahman alias Asa Sarkar, Bogra municipality councilor Marzia Hasan Rumki, Lovely Rahman Rumi, Munna, Atiqur Rahman Atiq, Ali Ajam Depu, Emarat Alam Khan Jitu Miah, Samiul Haque Shimul, Mehedi Hasan Rupom, Jaminur Rahman Runu, Jibon Robidas Jatin and Anjuara Begum.
On January 22, Woman and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal rejected Tufan’s bail petition.
Later, he filed the petition with the High Court.
Dhaka, Feb 27 (UNB) – The High Court on Wednesday issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain why directives would not be given to remove all the establishments, including restaurants, beyond the layout plan of Hatirjheel-Begunbari project.
At the same time, the rule also asked why directives would not be given to the respondents to take steps so that no more establishments beyond the layout plan could be established there in future.
The HC bench of Justice Moinul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Md Ashraful Kalam issued the rule after hearing of a supplementary petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB).
Chairman of Rajuk (Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha), director of Hatirjheel-Begunbari project and five others concerned were asked to respond to the rule within two weeks.
Earlier on September 10, the High Court directed the authorities concerned to remove all the establishments beyond the layout plan of Hatirjheel-Begunbari project within seven days after hearing of a writ filed by HRPB.
The HC also issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain why directives would not be given to stop construction of structures beyond the layout plan of the project and protect the project as per the design.
Later, authorities of several establishments, built beyond the layout plan, filed an appeal with Supreme Court seeking stay of the HC order.
On October 14 last, the SC passed status quo on the order and also ordered disposing of the rule issued by the HC within two months.
HRPB lawyer Manzil Murshid said that the supplementary petition was filed seeking directives to bulldoze the illegal establishments.
Now, after hearing the HC issued the rule.