Dhaka, Jul 21 (UNB) – The High Court on Sunday said it wanted to know the actions taken by the government regarding irregularities in procuring various household products in Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant's housing project.
A bench of Justice Tariq ul Hakim and Justice Md Shohorawardi passed the order after two separate probe reports were submitted before the court in the afternoon.
The reports recommended legal action against 50 people including Pabna Executive Engineer Masudul Alam.
The next hearing over the matter will be held after end of the Supreme Court’s upcoming vacation (from August 1 to August 17).
Earlier in May, different media reported that excess money was spent on buying furniture, pillows and other items for Green City Housing Palli where officials and employees of Rooppur Power Plant will reside.
A pillow cost was set around Tk 6,000 while lifting a kettle to the building cost Tk 3,000.
Barrister Sayedul Haque Suman filed the writ petition on May 19 seeking judicial inquiry into the reported corruption.
On May 20 last, the High Court sought the reports of two probe panels formed by the Housing and Public Works Ministry to look into the alleged irregularities.
On July 2, the HC issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain as to why their failure to procure furniture, pillows and other household products for the officials and employees of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant should not be declared illegal.
The court also asked the state to submit the reports of two panels formed to probe the alleged irregularities and inform it what steps were taken based on the reports.
Barguna, July 21 (UNB) – A court here on Sunday rejected the bail petition of Aysha Siddika Minni, wife of Rifat Sharif, in a case over the killing of her husband in the town.
Barguna Senior Judicial Magistrate Sirajul Islam Gazi rejected the bail petition of Minni when her lawyers filed a petition seeking bail for her.
Ten lawyers stood for Minni while 40 represented the state.
On July 19, Aysha Siddika Minni reportedly confessed to her involvement in the murder before Barguna’s Senior Judicial Magistrate.
Meanwhile, the family members of Rifat Sharif formed a human chain in front of Barguna Press Club at noon demanding immediate arrest of the attackers and transfer the case to the Speedy Trial Tribunal.
Later, Abdul Halim Sharif, father of Rifat Sharif, read out a written statement at a press conference where he claimed that Minni had link with the murder.
He said, “A vested quarter is involved in spreading propaganda in the social media and newspapers and thus obstructing the investigation process.”
He demanded that Minni’s father Mozammel Hossain and her mother be brought to book for concealing the information of marriage between Minni and Nayan Bond ‘for which the murder of Rifat took place’.
Meanwhile, Advocate Mahbubul Bari Aslam, general secretary of Barguna District Bar Association, has been appointed as the counsel for Minni.
Rifat Sharif, 22, was attacked with sharp weapons near the main gate of Barguna Government College on June 26. His wife Minni appeared trying to protect him during the attack that was caught on surveillance camera.
Police arrested 16 people in this connection. But main accused Nayon Bond was killed in a reported gunfight with law enforcers on July 2.
Dhaka, July 21 (UNB) – Forty three convicts, including eight death-row convicts, filed a petition with the High Court on Sunday challenging the lower court verdict against them in a case filed for attacking a train carrying then opposition leader Sheikh Hasina in 1994.
Barrister Kaiser Kamal filed the petitions on behalf of his clients with the High Court bench concerned.
Eight death-row convicts, 22 convicts who got life term imprisonment and 13 people awarded 10 years imprisonment filed the appeal petition.
On July 3, a Pabna court sentenced nine BNP activists to death and jailed 25 others for life in the case. It also sentenced 13 others to 10 years in jail.
A Rajshahi-bound train carrying Sheikh Hasina was attacked at Pakshi Rail Station on September 23, 1994. The attackers fired shots and hurled bombs at the train.
Nazrul Islam, the then officer-in-charge of Ishwardi Railways Police Station, filed the case. Police pressed charges in court against 52 suspects on April 3, 1997.
Five of the accused died during trial proceedings.
On July 14, seven convicts who got life term imprisonment in the case were surrendered before the court while eights others remained absconding.
Barguna, July 20 – Rifat Farazi, the second accused in the sensational Rifat Sharif killing case, has given a ‘confessional’ statement in court admitting his role in the savage murder.
Farazi was produced at the Barguna Senior Judicial Magistrate Court at 3pm on Saturday, where judge Mohammad Sirajul Islam Gazi recorded his statement.
Investigation officer (IO) of the case Inspector Md Humayun Kabir of Barguna police station confirmed the development. It means 14 of the accused have now given such confessional statements in court admitting their involvement in the killing.
The IO informed newsmen at the court premises that Rifat Farazi was produced in court on the sixth day of a second consecutive 7-day remand. He gave his statement under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
Earlier on Friday, Ayesha Siddika Minni, the wife of slain Rifat Sharif, also gave a confessional statement under Section 164, where she is said to have admitted her own involvement in the gruesome killing.
However, Minni’s father Mozammel Hossain Kishore informed newsmen that police coerced Minni into her confessional statement. He claimed that Minni was only made an accused in the case following her arrest under what he termed “influence by a quarter to divert the case”.
Meanwhile, a four-member team led by coordinator of legal aid organization “Ain O Shalish Kendra” Abu Ahmed Faizul Kabir arrived in Barguna on Saturday and consulted Minni’s family members. The team also includes two advocates.
Minni’s family collected power of attorney from lawyers association on behalf of advocate Mahbubul Bari Aslam, general secretary of Barguna Lawyers Association, to fight the case on behalf of Minni.
Advocate Aslam has said that he will provide legal counsel to Minni. As such, a bail petition for Minni will be placed at the Senior Judicial Magistrate Court on July 21 (Sunday). Earlier an issue had arisen whereby lawyers in Barguna were refusing to represent Minni in court, possibly under political influence.
Rifat Farazi was arrested on July 3. Police sought 10 days remand for interrogation after Rifat Farazi was produced in the court on the same day. However, the court granted seven days, later extending it by the same.
Meanwhile, Rifat Sharif’s father Dulal Sharif, while reiterating that his son’s killers must be brought to justice, expressed his satisfaction over how the case was progressing.
However, Minni’s father Mozammel Haq Kishore told newsmen: “People of the country have seen how my daughter fought with the terrorists to protect her husband.” He again alleged that her confessional statement was forcibly obtained, and that “an influential quarter” was hard at work to cover the killer’s tracks by framing his innocent daughter.
“I will commit suicide if anything happens to my daughter,” he added, seemingly in despair.
Barguna, July 19 (UNB)-A court here on Friday placed Rishan Farazi on a five-day remand in a case over the killing Rifat Sharif in broad daylight in the district town.
Barguna Senior judicial Magistrate Sirajul Islam Kazi passed the order when investigation officer of the case Humayun Kabir produced him before the court with a 7-day remand prayer.
Earlier on Thursday, police arrested Rishan, no 3 accused in the case, from the district.
Rifat, 22, was attacked with sharp weapons near the main gate of Barguna Government College on June 26.
Rifat was sent to Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital in Barishal where he died.
His wife Aysha Siddika Minni appeared to be trying to protect him during the broad daylight attack caught on surveillance camera.
Noyon Bond, the prime accused in the case, was killed in a reported gunfight with law enforcers on July 2.
Police arrested Minni on Tuesday night after a daylong interrogation. A court granted police five days to interrogate her in custody.
Apart from Minni, 13 suspects have so far been arrested.
Seven of them have reportedly confessed to their involvement in the murder.