Dhaka, Nov 19 (UNB) – The High Court on Monday asked the authorities concerned to block all the pornography websites in the country for six months.
A bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal came up with the order after hearing a writ petition.
The secretaries of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology, Law and Information, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) and all mobile phone operators have been asked to execute the order.
Besides, the court issued a rule asking them to explain as to why websites with pornography should not be blocked permanently.
The rule also sought explanation as to why there will be no provision for attaching the National Identity Card (NID) number in all social media, including Facebook, for rating user’s age and why directives should not be given to stop lucrative short-term internet offers from mobile phone companies.
Barrister Humayun Kabir Pallab who stood for the petitioners said the court ordered blocking of not only the porn sites but also any website containing indecent contents.
During the hearing, a survey of non-government organisation Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) was placed before the court which shows that 77 percent of school-going students of the capital are addicted to pornography.
Earlier on November 11, human rights organisation -- Law and Life Foundation, Md Rasel Hossain of Chandpur and Khairul Hasan Sarkar of Mymensingh -- filed the write petition with the High Court.
Dhaka, Nov 19 (UNB) – A provisional leave to appeal was filed on Monday seeking stay on the High Court verdict that extended the jail term of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case to 10 years from five years.
Joynul Abedin Tuhin, advocate on record, filed the petition with the concerned wing of the Appellate Division.
Khaleda’s Lawyer Barrister NawshadJamir said that as they are yet to get certified copy of the verdict in the case, they filed the CMP (Criminal Miscellaneous Petition also known as provisional leave to appeal.
Earlier on October 30, the HC extended the jail term of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
On February 8, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the former Prime Minister and BNP chairperson and sentenced her to five years' imprisonment and five other accused in the case, including her son and BNP senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman, to 10 years’ imprisonment each.
The ACC filed a revision appeal seeking her sentence to be extended to life imprisonment.
On Sunday, Khaleda Zia filed an appeal with the High Court (HC) challenging her conviction by a trial court in the much-talked-about Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.
On October 29, a Special Court-5 pronounced the verdict sentencing her to seven years’ imprisonment in her absence when she was undergoing treatment at Bangbandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) under a special medical board formed by the government.
Chattogram, Nov 19 (UNB) – Detectives arrested a leader of Jamaat-e-Islami from his residence at Chawkbazar in the city on Sunday evening on charge of planning acts of sabotage.
The arrestee was identified as Afsar Uddin, nayeb-e-Ameer of Chattogram city unit of Jamaat and editor of ‘Dainik Karnaphuli’.
A team of plainclothes police raided his residence around 7pm and arrested him, said Jahangir Alam, senior assistant commissioner (South) of Detective Branch of Chattogram Police.
Kushtia, Nov 19 (UNB) – A suspected robber was killed in a reported gunfight between two groups of robbers at Hawakhali field in Bheramara upazila early Monday.
The deceased could not be identified yet.
On information that there was a gunfight between two groups of 'robbers', a team of police conducted the drive around 1:30am, said Khandaker Shamimuddin Ahmed, offcer-in-charge of Bheramara Police Station.
Sensing presence of the police, the robbers fled the scene.
Later, police found the 'robber' hit with bullets.
The injured was then taken to Kushtia General Hospital where doctors declared him dead.
Police recovered a pistol, three round bullets and two magazines from the spot.
Dhaka, Nov 18 (UNB) – Describing corruption as a curse, the High Court has observed that if anyone at the top level of a government indulges in corruption through misusing power, it can be harmful to the national interest, economy and country’s image.
The HC bench of Justice Bhabani Prasad Singha and Justice Mustafa Zaman Islam came up with the observation in the full verdict on an appeal filed by former Communications Minister Nazmul Huda and his wife Sigma Huda in a bribery case.
The full text of the 67-page judgment was released on Sunday and later it published on the website of the Supreme Court.
After rehearing a petition filed by the couple, the High Court on November 8 last year commuted Nazmul Huda’s seven years’ imprisonment to four years in the graft case.
It also asked him to surrender before the trial court within 45 days after a copy of the verdict reaches the trial court.
At the same time, the court said the jail term which Nazmul Huda’s wife Sigma Huda, who was awarded three years’ imprisonment in the case, has already served would be considered as her punishment.
Now, Nazmul Huda must surrender before the lower court within 45 days after a copy of the verdict reaches the court.
On August 27, 2007, a Special Judge’s Court sentenced the former BNP minister to seven years’ imprisonment while his wife to three years’ imprisonment in the case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). It also fined Nazmul Huda Tk 2.5 crore.
However, the High Court on March 20, 2011 acquitted them from the charge and later the Appellate Division on December 1, 2014 scrapped the HC verdict and asked for hearing the petition again.
ACC Deputy Director Shariful Islam filed the case against Barrister Nazmul Huda and his wife Sigma Huda on March 21, 2007 on charge of taking Tk 2.40 crore as bribe from a person named Mir Jaher Hossain.