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.
Dhaka, Mar 11 (UNB) – A man was arrested with 2,000 pieces of contraband Yaba pills from the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Monday.
Members of Airport Armed Police Battalion arrested Sohel Rana, 22, from the internal terminal. He is a resident of Kurigram district’s Ulipur village.
Sohel came to Dhaka from Cox’s Bazar on a Regent Airways flight around 1:30pm.
Police arrested him acting on a tip-off and seized the Yaba pills from his bag, said Md Alamgir Hossain, an officer of Airport Armed Police.
He will be accused in a case under the Narcotics Control Act, Alamgir said.