Dhaka, Feb 12 (UNB) – The High Court on Tuesday asked the government to constitute an independent medical commission to formulate full-fledged practising guidelines for government and private doctors.
The HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader passed the order following a writ petition.
The commission will have to be formed comprising experienced physicians and skilled persons.
In its observation, the court said business cannot be done with the life of people in terms of treatment.
Although the government keeps aside huge allocation for the health sector, medicines are not found at hospitals and those are available in markets, it said.
Referring to Anti-Corruption Commission’s recent drives to 11 government hospitals where it found 40 percent physicians absent in the capital while 62 percent at district level, the court said it reveals the actual scenario of the health sector.
The HC also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the section 4 of the Medical Practice and Private Clinics Laboratories (Regulation) Ordinance-1982 should not be declared illegal.
Health Secretary, Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) and presidents of President of Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council have been made respondents to the rule.
On February 4, Advocate Abdus Sattar Palwan filed the writ with the High Court seeking its directive to stop private practice by the physicians of government hospitals during their office hours.
The writ was filed after a report titled ‘Physician at his chamber, patient dies at hospital’ was published in national dailies and online portals on January 29.
Babul Hossain, 40, who was suffering from cardiac problem, died at Laxmipur Sadar Hospital due to negligence of doctors as duty doctor Bhabani Prasad Roy was absent at that time. Bhabani Prasad was at his chamber in Dakkhin Temuhani of the district during the incident.
Dhaka, Feb 4 (UNB) - A court here on Monday set February 20 for the next hearing on charge-framing against 11 people, including BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, in the Niko graft case.
Judge Sheikh Hafizur Rahman of Dhaka Special Judge Court-9 fixed the date after partial hearing.
The BNP chief was brought to the courtroom around 12:28pm on a wheelchair while BNP leader Barrister Moudud Ahmed resumed delivering his statement challenging the legality of charge-framing.
In his deposition, Moudud said he could not know yet what his crime was. “There’s no reason to file a criminal case against me. I’m not involved in the crime mentioned in the FIR of the case.”
He also claimed that he was made an accused in the case only to politically harass and defame him.
Meanwhile, Khaleda’s lawyer Masum Ahmed sought court’s directives to allow personal physicians of Khaleda provide her treatment at jail.
“As per a High Court order, Khaleda Zia was earlier taken to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) but she was brought back to jail without completing her treatment. Her physical condition is now worsening.”
In response, the court asked him to submit the copy of the HC order in his regard.
Khaleda was taken back to the jail around 2:05 pm.
On December 9, 2007, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the case accusing Khaleda and others of causing the state a loss of Tk 137.77 billion 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.
Dhaka, Feb 12 (UNB) – The High Court on Tuesday ordered investigation officers of drugs and firearms related cases to finish probe within a month.
If they fail to wrap up investigation within this time, they will have to submit reports to concerned courts, explaining reasons for their failure.
The court also ordered formation of monitoring cells to supervise investigation officers. The inspector general of police and superintendents of police have been asked to implement the order.
Justice Jahangir Hossain and Justice Md Reaz Uddin’s bench issued the orders while granting a four-week anticipatory bail to a Norway expatriate Dr Nurul Islam Sheikh.
The court ordered Gazipur police chief to withdraw Joydebpur Police Station Sub-Inspector Md Abdul Halim within two weeks for trying to frame Islam in a drug-related case filed last year.
On November 29, 2018, a team of Joydebpur police, led by Halim, arrested one Raju Ahmed. After interrogating him, three others, including Islam, were implicated in the case.
The HC ordered Gazipur SP to submit an investigation report over the allegation after Islam sought an anticipatory bail.
After receiving the report, the HC termed the inclusion of Islam in the case ‘deliberate’ and summoned the SI. Earlier on December 10, the investigation officer of the case submitted charge sheet excluding Islam.
Dhaka, Feb 12 (UNB) – The High Court on Tuesday directed all media including the Daily Star to remain alert while publishing name, address and photo of a child in any under-trial criminal case.
A HC bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil came up with the order after hearing of a rule on a writ petition filed by a Supreme Court lawyer, Barrister Sayedul Haque Sumon.
Lawyer Sagufta Tabassum Ahmed stood for the writ petitioner while lawyer Kazi Ersadul Haque for the Daily Star.
Barrister Sumon said that on November 5, 2018, the Daily Star published a report titled ‘Boy gets ten years for killing classmates’ in which the details about the minor was published, which is a complete violation of section 28 of Children Act, 2013.
Later, he filed the writ with the High Court.
After hearing the writ, on November 19, the HC issued a rule asking the authorities concerned why an order would be given to media to stop the use of name, address, photos and other identities in newspapers and magazines and other media.
The court also asked the editor of the daily to explain about the published news within 15 days.
Barrister Sumon said that the Section 28 clearly prohibits media to publish articles, photographs and information that go against a child under trial.
Manikganj, Feb 12 (UNB) – Police arrested two officers of Saturia Police Station early Tuesday on charges of gang-raping a young woman after keeping her confined to the upazila Duck-bungalow here.
They were arrested around 2 am after the victim filed a case with the police station accusing the two officials on Monday night, said Rifat Rahman Shamim, superintendent of district police.
Earlier on Sunday, the two officials--Sub-inspector Sekandar Hossain and Assistant Sub-inspector Mazharul Islam--were withdrawn from their duty station.
Besides, a medical test of the girl was also done at Manikganj General Hospital around 8:30 pm Monday.
Following a written complaint filed by the victim on Sunday, the probe committee comprising of Additional Superintendent of Police Hafizur Rahman of Sadar Circle and Senior Assistant Superintendent of District Special Branch Hamidur Rahman Siddique investigated the incident.
As proves were found against the two officials after a primary investigation, the case was filed, said ASP Hafizur Rahman.
According to case statement, Sekandar took the victim girl to the Duck-bungalow when she came to the upazila headquarters along with another woman on Thursday afternoon.
He kept her confined to a room and forced her to take Yaba pills.
Later, Sekandar and Mazharul raped her in turns and released her on Friday morning, threatening to kill her on crossfire if she discloses the matter to anyone.