Dhaka, Nov 4 (UNB) – The High Court (HC) on Monday turned down a writ petition filed seeking reactivation of three bank accounts of Golam Kibria Shamim alias GK Shamim.
The bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Md Mahmud Hassan Talukder rejected the petition citing that it was not pressed.
Advocate Wazi Ullah stood for Shamim while Additional Attorney General Murad Reza represented the state.
On September 23, the Central Intelligence Cell (CIC) of the National Board of Revenue (NBR) asked all the banks and financial institutions to freeze the bank accounts of GK Shamim and his company. Later, a writ petition was filed seeking reactivation of his accounts.
Shamim was arrested along with illegal firearms and a huge amount of money from his Niketan office on September 20 in the ongoing drive against casino business and other anti-social business. Seven of his bodyguards were also arrested during the raid.
Rab members seized Fixed Deposit Receipts (FDRs) worth Tk 165 crore, Tk 1.8 crore in cash and huge stash of foreign currencies during the drive.
A foreign-made pistol, seven shotguns and a huge cache of bullets were also seized from the office of ‘GKB & Company Pvt Limited’.
The High Court on Monday granted a six-month interim bail to former textiles and jute minister Abdul Latif Siddiqui in a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
The bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice AKM Zahirul Hoque issued the order.
Advocate Monsurul Haque Chowdhury represented Siddiqui while Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan stood for the ACC. Khan said they would move the Appellate Division seeking a stay on the bail order.
Another High Court bench had turned down Siddiqui’s bail petition on Oct 1. The former minister sought bail from the court on Sep 26.
A corruption case was filed at Adamdighi Police Station against Siddiqui and one Jahanara Rashid on October 17, 2017. They were accused of incurring a loss of Tk 40.7 lakh to the state.
According to the case statement, Siddiqui sold 2.38 acres of land of Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation at Dariapur village in Adamdighi upazila to Jahanara without floating tender.
On February 18 last, ACC Assistant Director Md Aminul Islam submitted the charge sheet against him in the corruption case.
On June 20, a Bogura court sent Latif Siddiqui to jail rejecting his bail plea in the case.
Feni, Nov 3 (UNB) – Relatives of 16 people sentenced to death in Nusrat Jahan Rafi murder case and locals formed a human chain on Olama Bazar street on Sunday and demanded their release.
The relatives claimed that CCTV footage of the incident, which was confiscated by Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) on April 10, was not presented at court during the trial when the lawyers of the accused applied for its viewing.
According to them, PBI framed the innocent people by not producing the CCTV footage.
Claiming that they did not get a fair trial, the relatives want the intervention of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for a proper trial in the higher court.
Many villagers carrying banners and festoons participated in the human chain.
Police from Sonagazi Model Police station took position at various locations of the municipality and conducted patrols to maintain law and order.
On October 24, District Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal sentenced 16 people to death in the much-talked-about Nusrat murder case.
Dhaka, Nov 3 (UNB) – The High Court on Sunday ordered the Bangladesh Bank to form a nine-member committee to submit recommendations after identifying the loopholes in disbursement and realisation of loans to prevent irregularities and corruption in the banking sector.
The court asked the central bank to form the committee with experts in banking and finance sectors, and take steps as per the recommendations to restore discipline in the sector.
The HC Bench of Justice JBM Hasan and Justice Khairul Alam passed the order after hearing a writ seeking formation of a commission to dig out corruption and irregularities in the banking sector that took place in the last 20 years.
The HC in its observation also said, “Interest rate in commercial banks should be brought down to single digit.”
The court also extended by three months more the validity of the central bank circular allowing loan defaulters to reschedule classified loans with 2 percent down payment.
It also directed the central bank to follow the 2012 master circular while providing fresh loans to defaulters intend to get rescheduling privilege.
Petitioner lawyer Manzill Murshid stood for himself, while Barrister Md Moniruzzaman for the Bangladesh Bank.
Bangladesh Bank lawyer Moniruzzaman said the central bank always takes suggestions from experts in different sectors and the directive of the HC will not hamper its activities.
Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal at a programme on September 17 said punitive actions will be taken against anyone involved in default loans.
The amount of default loan has increased due to legal loopholes. “It won’t increase any more. Action will be taken against anyone involved in loan default,” he said.
The High Court on Sunday denied bail to former officer-in-charge of Sonagazi Police Station Moazzem Hossain in a case filed under the Digital Security Act.
The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order after hearing a bail petition filed by Moazzem.
It also asked the trial court to dispose of the case within the next 40 working days.
On October 16, the High Court set November 3 for passing an order on the bail petition.
The former OC is accused of unlawfully interrogating Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi and recording it on his mobile phone. A video of the incident went viral on the social media, prompting lawyer Barrister Syed Sayedul Haque Suman to file a case against the policeman on April 15 under the Digital Security Act.
Charges were framed against Moazzem at the Cyber Tribunal on July 17.
Moazzem had summoned Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa's Principal Sirajuddoula and Nusrat, who accused the teacher of sexually harassing her. The girl’s mother had filed a case over her daughter’s harassment.
The former OC interrogated Nusrat in the absence of her lawyer or any other woman and used inappropriate language.
Nusrat was later set on fire on April 6 at an exam centre reportedly by people loyal to Sirajuddoula. She died on April 10 at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Moazzem was initially withdrawn and later suspended on May 10. A tribunal ordered his arrest on May 27 after investigators found allegations brought against him to be true. He was arrested on June 16 from Dhaka’s Shahbagh.
The next day, the Cyber Tribunal rejected his bail plea and sent him to jail.
On October 24, a tribunal in Feni sentenced 16 people to death for their roles in murdering the madrasa student Nusrat.