The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Sunday upheld a High Court order staying the proceedings of a case against actress Quazi Nawshaba Ahmed under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act.
A five-member Appellate Division bench, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed he order rejecting a petition filed by the state challenging the HC order.
On November 20, the High Court stayed the case proceedings.
The bench of Justice Md Rezaul Haque and Justice Bhishmadev Chakrabortty passed the order after hearing an appeal seeking cancellation of the charge-framing in the case.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) detained the actress from Uttara area in the capital on August 4, 2018 for ‘spreading rumours’ on Facebook overstating an attack on protesting students during the road safety movement last year.
In a Facebook live, Nawshaba claimed that the attackers killed two students and gouged out the eyes of another at Jigatala intersection.
In her post, she also requested people to get united, take to the streets to ‘protect’ the students as they were attacked by Bangladesh Chhatra League activists.
Detectives detained a friend of Stamford University student Rubaiyat Sharmin Rumpa, who was found dead in an alley under mysterious circumstances, for interrogation over her death.
The detainee is Saikat. He was taken to the Minto Road office of the Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), said DMP Deputy Commissioner (Media) Masudur Rahman.
He said a DB team detained Saikat based on secret information.
The DMP official, however, did not provide details of the detainee.
The body of Rumpa, 22, a second-year English student of Siddheswari branch of the private university, was recovered from an alley of the area on Wednesday night.
Police sent her body to Dhaka Medical College Hospital morgue as an unidentified one. Later, her family members identified the body on Thursday evening.
On Thursday morning, police filed a murder case with Ramna Police Station in this connection.
Claiming that Rumpa, daughter of police Inspector Rokan Uddin, was murdered, her family members and fellows demanded arrest of the perpetrators.
The High Court on Thursday said people outside close relatives can donate body organs, including kidney, to patients emotionally but not for commercial purpose.
It also asked the Directorate General of Health Services and Health and Family Welfare Ministry to amend the law within six months to this end.
The HC bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Khandaker Diliruzzaman came up with the verdict after disposing of a rule issued earlier following a writ petition.
Barrister Rashna Imam stood for the writ petitioner while Advocate ZI Khan Panna represented Ain O Salish Kendra and Deputy Attorney General Saifuddin Khaled moved for the state.
The court, however, prohibited the organ trade and directed for forming a certifying body at every hospital to scrutinise whether emotional donation is followed while donating organs, including kidney.
On November 21, the HC fixed December 5 for delivering its judgment after hearing the rule that sought explanation as to why three sections of the Organ Donation Act 1999 should not be declared illegal.
The rule was issued on August 24, 2017 after hearing a writ petition filed by Fatema Johora.
In 2015, Johora donated a kidney to her ailing daughter Fahmida but still her kidney was nonfunctional.
Although the donor was ready, legal complications barred her daughter from getting a fresh kidney.
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court is likely to hear on Thursday bail pleas filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.
On November 28, the six-member Appellate Division bench, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, deferred the hearing on the bail petition in the case until December 5.
It had also asked the medical board formed to treat the BNP chairperson to submit a health report before the court on December 5.
Khaleda had moved the apex court on November 14 challenging a High Court order that had turned down her bail petition in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.
The High Court on September 11 rejected Khaleda’s bail petition in the case. Her bail petitions were turned down twice earlier on July 31 and September 3.
On August 8, 2011, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Zia Charitable Trust case with Tejgaon police against four people, including Khaleda. They were accused of abusing power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.
A special court jailed the BNP chief and three others for seven years in the corruption case on October 29 last year. Khaleda later moved the High Court.
The former prime minister has been in prison since February 8 last year after she was sentenced to jail for five years in a separate corruption case.
Khaleda Zia is currently being treated at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.
The High Court (HC) on Tuesday directed Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) to take necessary steps to close its 68 sewerage lines connected to the Buriganga River to prevent its pollution.
It also asked Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) to take steps to stop other sewerage lines if there is any on both banks of the river and submit a compliance report within January 7 next.
Passing the order, the bench of Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore and Justice Mohammad Ullah said all the drainage and sewerage lines connected to the Buriganga River should be closed to prevent pollution of the river.
On November 17, the HC directed the Department of Environment (DoE) to shut 27 establishments, including hospitals, adjacent to the Buriganga River within 15 days for not having environmental clearance.
Besides, the court issued a show-cause notice asking to know why action should not be taken against the Dhaka Wasa managing director for submitting false information in the form of an affidavit about Buriganga’s pollution, said writ petitioner Manzill Murshid.
For filing a fresh affidavit, the court fixed December 8 when the court will also specify the timeframe for Wasa to complete the task.
Advocate Amatul Karim stood for the DoE while advocate AM Masum represented Wasa and advocate Syed Mafizur Rahman moved for BIWTA.
In its affidavit, Dhaka Wasa said its 930-km sewerage line disposes liquid wastes at Pagla sewerage treatment plant and no line is connected to the Buriganga.
However, a BIWTA report said Wasa dumps industrial and hospital wastes, and contaminated water into the Buriganga through 68 sewerage lines in different places of Dhaka, Keraniganj, Narayanganj.
After comparing the two reports, the HC said Dhaka Wasa submitted false information which is a crime.
In 2011, the High Court ordered action to prevent the pollution of the Buriganga after hearing a writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh.
As the HC order went unheeded, the organisation filed an appeal again in this regard.