A writ was filed with the High Court seeking deferment of the elections to Dhaka South and North City Corporations by one week.
Advocate Ashoke Kumar Ghosh, a Supreme Court lawyer, filed the writ with the HC bench concerned on Monday.
According to the petition, the elections are scheduled to be held on January 30 while Saraswati Puja, one of the biggest religious festivals of the Hindu community, will be celebrated across the country on the same day.
“Saraswati Puja is celebrated in all the universities, colleges and all educational institutions across the country while polling stations will be set up in different educational institution in the city on the day. So we are urging to defer the elections by a weeks ,” said Ashoke Kumar Ghosh.
Hearing on the petition is likely to be held this week, he said.
On December 22 last, Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda announced the election schedules for the two city corporations in the capital.
The High Court on Monday directed the government to take necessary steps to stop the use of polythene bags and one-time plastic products across the country, including the coastal region, within a year.
The HC bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Khandaker Diliruzzaman passed the order with a rule.
Deputy Attorney General Saifuddin Khaled represented the state while Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (Bela) Executive Director Syeda Rizwana Hasan and advocate Syed Ahmed Kabir stood for the petitioners.
The HC ordered the authorities concerned to monitor markets, seal off polythene-making factories and seize machinery used for its production.
The top court asked the respondents to submit a progress report in this regard with affidavit within January 5, 2021. The HC set January 10 for the next hearing.
It issued a rule seeking explanation as to why inaction of the respondents in banning polythene and plastic products will not be beyond legal jurisdiction. It also wanted to know why the authorities will not take a work plan to find a safe alternative to ploythene and one-time plastic products by December 31, 2022.
The Forest and Environment Secretary, Industries Secretary, Commerce Secretary, and Textile and Jute Secretary were made respondents to the rule.
On December 17, 2019, 11 organisations, including Bela, filed a writ petition seeking to know the legality of using, production, and sale of plastic and polythene products.
The High Court (HC) on Sunday directed the authorities concerned to stop sand lifting from Sheikh Hasina Titas Bridge area at Bancharampur of Brahmanbaria within 48 hours.
The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order. The court also issued a rule asking why the inaction of the authorities in this regard should not be declared illegal.
Road transport and bridges secretary, Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) chief engineer, Deputy Commissioner of Brahmanbaria, Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) of Bancharampur upazila, Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Bancharampur Police Station and Bancharampur Upazila Engineer have been asked to respond to the rule within four weeks.
Advocate Kumar Debul Dey brought the matter to the court‘s attention by submitting a newspaper report on illegal sand lifting published on December 25.
The report said that a contractor has been illegally lifting sand under the bridge, posing risks to the structure, Kumar said, adding that the court also ordered the authorities concerned to submit a report in this regard within a month.
The Y-shaped bridge, the first of its kind in the country, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on September 16, 2018. It was built at a cost of Tk 99.86 crore.
The High Court on Sunday issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why directives should not be given to recruit counsellors and clinical psychologists in educational institutions across the country.
The HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman issued the rule following a petition.
Advocate Farhad Uddin Ahmed Bhuiya, who filed the petition, stood for himself while deputy attorney general Advocate AmitTalukdar represented the state.
On November 24 last year, Farhad Uddin Ahmed Bhuiya filed the writ with the High Court seeking recruitment of clinical psychologists in all educational institutions.
According to the writ petition, reluctance of recruiting a clinical psychologist and counsellor in all educational institutions, is contradictory to the article 17 (ka, kha), 18 (1,2) and article 32 of the constitution.
Every citizen of Bangladesh has the right to get proper education and health service and the state should take effective measures to ensure it. But drug abuse, suicide attempt, moral degradation, reckless lifestyle, inattentiveness in study is widespread among students. That is why psychologists and counselors are needed in every educational institution, said the writ.
Chairman of the University Grants Commission, secretaries to the Education Ministry, Public Administration Ministry, Health and Family Welfare Ministry, Primary and Mass Education Ministry and Director General of the Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Directorate were made respondents to the rule.
The High Court on Sunday asked mobile phone operator Robi Axiata to pay within five months Tk 138 crore out of Tk 867 crore dues as claimed by the Bangladesh Telecommunication and Regulatory Commission (BTRC).
The HC bench of Justice Mamnoon Rahman and Justice Khizir Hayat passed the order following a petition filed by Robi.
Advocate Tanzib Ul Alam and Kazi Ershadul Alam stood for Robi while Barrister Khandaker Reza-E-Raquib represented the BTRC.
The court also asked the mobile phone operator to pay the first installment within January 30.
On July 31 last year, the BTRC issued a letter to Robi demanding payment of Tk 867.23 crore dues.
On August 25, 2019, Robi filed a case against the payment demand with a lower court and sought temporary injunction on the BTRC’s letter which was turned down.
Robi then filed an appeal with the High Court on October 22, last year seeking a temporary injunction on the BTRC’s letter seeking money.
Robi owes Tk 867.23 crore to the government, including Tk 197.21 crore to the National Board of Revenue, according to the ‘disputed’ BTRC audit.
On September 5, 2019, the telecom regulator issued show-cause notices to Robi and Grameenphone seeking explanation as to why their 2G and 3G licences should not be revoked for failure to pay dues within 30 days.