The High Court on Monday issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain under which authority Rajshahi University (RU) Vice-chancellor Prof M Abdus Sobhan is holding his post.
The HC bench of Justice Tariq ul Hakim and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir issued the rule after hearing a petition filed challenging the legality of VC’s reappointment.
Secretaries to the President’s Office, Education Ministry and University Grants Commission (UGC), VC, Registrar of RU and Chairman of its Applied Physics and Electronic Engineering department have been made respondents to the rule which is returnable in four weeks.
Senior Advocate AJ Mohammad Ali stood for the petitioner while deputy attorney general Kazi Mainul Hasan represented the state.
On July 24, Salman Firoz Foysal, a former student of Computer Science and Engineering Department of the university, filed the petition challenging the legality of holding the VC post by Sobhan.
On May 15, the writ petitioner sent a legal notice to the RU VC seeking his resignation for being reappointed as the VC with wrong information.
According to the writ, Prof Abdus Sobhan was reappointed for the second term on May 7, 2017 and he took the charge the same day.
On June 21 of the same year, he joined the Applied Physics and Electronic Engineering department as a professor and voluntarily resigned from the post on the same day, making the VC post vacant.
Later, Prof Akhter Farooque, dean of the Sciences Faculty of the university, was made VC for one day, which is contradictory to the RU Ordinance 1973.
A court here on Sunday fixed January 20 for delivering its verdict in a murder case filed over the bomb blast on CPB rally in Paltan area in 2001.
Additional Metropolitan Magistrate Court Judge Rabiul Alam fixed the date after concluding the arguments of the both sides.
Before that, testimonies of 46 witnesses were recorded.
The accused were Mufti Abdul Hannan, Mufti Moin Uddin Sheikh, Arif Hasan Sumon, Mawlana Sabbir Ahmed, Shawkat Osman alias Sheikh Farid, Md Mashiur Rahman, Jahangir Alam Badar, Mohibul Muttakin, Aminul Mursalin, Mufti Abdul Hai, Mufti Shafikur Rahman, Rafikul Islam Miraj and Nur Islam.
Among them Mufti Hannan’s death sentence was executed in another case and Mainuddin Sheikh, Arif Hasan Suman, Maulana Sabbir, Shawkat Osman and Mashiur Rahman are in jail while the rest are on the run.
According to the case statement, on January 20, 2001, a bomb attack on a CPB rally at Paltan killed five of its activists and injured 20 others.
The case was closed in December 2003, as investigations found no evidence against the accused people in the case and later in 2005 the case was reopened.
A court here on Sunday sentenced three people, including two drivers of Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan, to life term imprisonment in a case filed over the death of two college students in a road crash on Airport Road in the city on July 29, 2018.
Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge KM Imrul Kayes handed down the verdict.
The lifers are Jabal-e-Noor drivers Masum Billah and Zobair Mamun and bus helper Asad Gazi. Asad was tried in absentia.
The court also fined them Tk 50,000, and they will have to suffer six months more rigorous imprisonment if they fail to pay the fine.
The court also acquitted two people — a Jabal-e-Noor bus owner, Jahangir Alam, and bus helper Enayet Hossain -- as allegations brought against them could not be proved.
The case proceedings against the owner of the second bus remained halted following a High Court order.
On October 25, 2018, owners of two Jabal-e-Noor buses Shahadat Hossain and Jahangir Alam, drivers Masum Billah and Zobair Sumon and assistants Enayet Hossain and Asad were indicted in the case.
According to the case statement, the accident took place amid a wild competition of drivers of the two buses of Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan on the road.
Diya Khanam Mim and Abdul Karim Rajib, first-year students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment College, were killed as one of the buses ploughed through some students in front of Kurmitola General Hospital on Airport Road in the capital.
The accident triggered a widespread protest by students, demanding safe roads and seeking justice for their fellows.
In its observation, the court said the killing of people due to apathy of drivers and helpers has turned into a craze in the transport sector which should be stopped.
Drivers and helpers engage in an unhealthy competition to appease their owners as they demand higher amount of money for daily deposit which contributes to accidents and deaths on roads, it said.
The transport owners should shun the tendency of earning excessive money while traffic police should also remain alert on the roads and check the driving licences of drivers, the judge said.
The court also hailed renowned actor and founder of Nirapad Sarak Chai Ilias Kanchan for his persistent movement for safe roads.
A court here on Sunday sentenced four people to death and seven others to life imprisonment for killing two men in 2016 for protesting against eve-teasing of a seventh grader.
The convicts are – Kamal Hossain Malitha, son of Nurul Islam of Gopalnagar in Bheramara upazila; Kamrul Paramanik, son of Kabul Hossain Malitha; Sumon Pramanik; and Nayan Sheikh, son of Nazrul Islam of Fakrabad village of the same upazila.
Those sentenced to life imprisonment are – Nazrul Sheikh, Abdur Rahim, Mahfuzur Rahman, Hridoy Ali, Ziaul Islam, Samrat Ali and Arshaf Malitha of Fakrabad village.
Of the convicts, Nayan, Mahfuzur and Samrat are absconding.
Kushtia Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal Judge Munshi Md Moshiar Rahman delivered the verdict.
According to the prosecution, Muzibur Rahman and his uncle Mizanur Rahman were hacked to death by a group of people after they protested against the eve-teasing of a seventh-grader girl on April 25, 2016.
Muzibur’s son filed a case with Bheramara Police Station over the killing.
The High Court on Thursday directed former whip Syed Shahidul Haque Jamal to surrender within a week before the lower court in three cases filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
The HC bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam passed the order after hearing a petition filed by the ACC against his acquittal.
It also issued a rule seeking explanation as to why the acquittal in the three cases should not be scrapped.
Advocate Md Khurshid Alam Khan stood for the national anti-graft body while Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin Manik represented the state and Barrister Shafique Ahmed and Advocate MK Rahman stood for the former whip.
The same court on Wednesday directed Jamal to immediately surrender before the lower court in a case filed by the ACC for embezzling 10 tonnes of rice.
Earlier on September 23, the former whip was acquitted by a Barishal court in 20 such corruption cases.
The ACC filed a petition with the High Court challenging the verdicts.
ACC assistant director Abdur Rahim Joardar filed a case on June 25, 2009 accusing Udoykathi union parishad member Sukumar Boiragi of embezzling 10 tonnes of rice allocated for the victims of tidal surge and cyclone in the southern region of the country in 2006-2007 financial year.
On completion of investigation, ACC assistant director Md Wazed Ali Gazi pressed charges accusing two people, including former whip Jamal.