Dhaka, Mar 14 (UNB) – BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday filed an appeal with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court challenging the High Court verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
On behalf of Khaleda Zia, a former prime minister, lawyer Kaisar Kamal filed the petition in the morning.
She also sought bail and a stay order on the effectiveness of her punishment in the petition.
Barrister Kaisar Kamal said, “The lower court sentenced Khaleda Zia to five years in jail in the case, but the High Court unfairly passed an order doubling the jail term in the case. So, we filed an appeal petition seeking her bail and stay order on the effectiveness of her punishment.”
On January 28, the High Court released the full text of its verdict doubling the jail term of Khaleda Zia in the graft case to 10 years from five years.
On October 30, 2018, the HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman extended the BNP chief’s jail term.
On February 8, 2018, a special court convicted Khaleda Zia and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the much-talked-about Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
Five other accused in the case, including her son and BNP senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman, were sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment each. The court also fined the five accused Tk 2.10 crore each.
Later on March 12 last year, the BNP chief secured four months' bail from the High Court in the case and moved to the court challenging her conviction on February 19. The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) had sought extension of her jail term to life term imprisonment.
The ACC filed the case against Khaleda and others with Ramna Police Station on July 3, 2008 accusing them of misappropriating Tk 2.1 crore in donations meant for a trust setup in her husband’s name.
The ailing BNP chief has been in jail since February 8, 2018.
Dhaka, Mar 13 (UNB) – The High Court will deliver its order on March 31 on a writ petition filed challenging the government’s move to hike gas prices.
The HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader fixed the date on Wednesday after hearing the writ filed by Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB).
Petitioner’s counsel Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua said Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (Berc) on October 16, 2018 turned down the proposals of Petrobangla and its subsidiary companies to hike the gas prices.
Later, a writ was filed with the High Court and it issued a rule. Though the rule is pending, they served a notice for public hearing for on gas tariff-hike proposals.
“We filed the petition seeking a stay on the effective of the notice. After concluding hearing, the court fixed March 31 for passing its order,” he said, describing the Berc’s process for public hearing as ‘unlawful’ as there is no rule to hold public hearing twice in a fiscal year.
Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd on Tuesday proposed raising gas tariffs for household users by 80 percent while up to 211 percent for consumers of different sectors, including power, industry, and motor vehicles.
On Wednesday, state-owned Bakhrabad and Jalalabad gas distribution companies separately placed their respective proposals which were identical with that of distribution entity Titas Gas.
As per the proposal, if it is approved by the energy regulator, the household consumers using one burner will have to pay Tk 1,350 per month instead of existing rate of Tk 750 while the two-burner users will pay Tk 1,440 per month instead of Tk 800 and the metred household consumer has to pay Tk 16.41 per cubic metre (each unit) instead of Tk 9.10 per cubic metre for gas consumption.
Dhaka, Mar 13 (UNB) – The High Court on Wednesday sought the records of a case filed against acclaimed photographer Shahidul Alam under the Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Act.
The Dhaka metropolitan magistrate has been asked to submit the record to the HC by today (Wednesday).
A bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil passed the order and set Thursday for next hearing.
Barrister AF Hasan Arif and Sara Hossain stood for Shahidul while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam and Deputy Attorney General Mokhlesur Rahman represented the state.
Earlier on March 4, Shahidul Alam filed a writ petition with the HC challenging the legality of the case and sought a stay on trial proceedings of it.
In the petition, Shahidul said that the case was meant to harass him and that it violated the photographer’s basic rights. Besides, it claims, the case contains legal errors.
Acclaimed photographer Shahidul, 63, was picked up from his Dhanmondi residence by detectives on August 5 last year.
A case was filed against him with Ramna Police Station the next day for ‘spreading propaganda’ through Facebook during the student movement seeking safer roads.
The High Court granted him bail on November 15 and he was released from jail on November 20 last.
Dhaka, Mar 12 (UNB) – The High Court on Tuesday asked Green Line Paribahan to pay Tk 50 lakh as compensation to Russel Sarkar, who lost his leg in an accident in the city’s Dholaipar on April 28, last year, within two weeks.
The HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader passed the order following a writ petition.
Advocate Khandaker Shamsul Haq Reza stood for the petitioner while Mohammad Ajiullah stood for Green Line Paribahan and deputy attorney general Abdullah al Mahmud Bashar represented the state.
The court also fixed March 31 for next hearing and asked the authorities concerned to submit a report on Russel’s treatment expense.
Earlier on May 14, 2018, the High Court issued a rule asking why driver Russell Sarkar should not get Tk 1 crore as compensation.
Green Line Paribahan, a bus operating company, was asked to respond to the rule within four weeks.
Russell Sarkar, 23, a private service driver, lost his leg on April 28 after a luxury coach of Green Line Paribahan hit the car he was driving from behind as it stood stationary on the slope of Hanif Flyover in Dholaipar, causing Russell to step out of the car to assess the damage to it.
When he signaled the bus not to drive away, bus driver KabirHossain, in an act that has drawn outrage for its sheer idiocy and callous disregard for a fellow human being, instead drove his over Kabir and fled the scene. Or so he thought.
Being informed, police jumped into action and detained it along with the driver from near the National Press Club.
Russell’s left leg was severed from the thigh down in the process of being run over.
Dhaka, Mar 11 (UNB) – The High Court on Monday declared illegal the registration of Sramik Karmachari Union of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA).
Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore and Justice Mohammad Ullah’s bench also asked the Department of Labour to scrap the registration within 30 days.
Advocate Mantu Chandra Ghosh, the petitioner’s counsel, said the activities of Collective Bargaining Agent (CBA) of BIWTA will remain shut until the next election.
The court order came after BIWTA Employees Union General Secretary Mojibur Rahman challenged the organisation’s legality.
According to the prosecution, BIWTA’s Sramik Karmachari Union got registration from the labour department in February 2016 and was recognised as an organisation by CBA four months later.
The petitioner argued that the labour law allows registration of only three trade unions in a state-owned organisation. But BIWTA provided registration to four organisations. It concealed the fact and illegally gave registration to the Sramik Karmachari Union.