A court here on Wednesday sentenced BNP Vice Chairman Giasuddin Quader Chowdhury to three years’ imprisonment for threatening to kill Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Chattogram Senior Judicial Magistrate Court Judge Shahidullah Kaiser passed the order and fined him Tk 5,000.
He will have to suffer in jail for three months more if he fails to pay the fine.
On May 30, Nazim Uddin Muhuri, general secretary of Awami League's Fatikchhari unit, filed the case against Giasuddin, the younger brother of executed war criminal Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury.
During a discussion programme marking the death anniversary of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman at Fatikchhari upazila on May 29, 2018, Giasuddin said the fate of Sheikh Hasina would turn out to be worse than that of her father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who was assassinated in 1975.
Bhola, Oct 30 (UNB) – The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested an associate of expelled Jubo League leader Ismail Hossain Samrat from Charnoabad in Sadar upazila on Tuesday.
The arrestee was identified as Zakir Hossain, 45, business partner of Samrat and son of Abdul Mannan.
Tipped-off, a team of Rab conducted a drive in the area on early Tuesday and arrested Zakir along with a pistol, four bullets, four bottles of liquor and two mobile phones, said Enayet Hossain, officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station.
However, police confirmed the arrest around 10pm.
Two separate cases were filed in this connection.
Police said Zakir was a resident of Dhaka and went into hiding after the arrest of Samrat.
Rab arrested Samrat and Arman from Chauddagram upazila in Cumilla on October 6.
A mobile court, led by Rab Executive Magistrate Sarwar Alam, sentenced Samrat to six months’ imprisonment under the Wildlife Conservation Act after the elite force recovered two hides of kangaroo from his Kakrail office.
He was then sent to Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj.
Dhaka, Oct 29 (UNB) – The death references of the madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi murder case reached the High Court on Tuesday.
Special officer of the Supreme Court Mohammad Saifur Rahman said the 2327-page death reference reached at the High Court around 5pm.
On October 24, sixteen people were given death penalty for their roles in murdering the madrasa student.
The Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal in Feni also fined each of them Tk 1 lakh.
The convicts are Sonagazi Islamia Fazil Madrasa Principal SM Sirajuddoula, ex-Awami League upazila unit president Ruhul Amin, Shahadat Hossain Shamim, Nur Uddin, Imran Hossain Mamun, Hafez Abdul Quader, Iftekhar Uddin Rana, Councillor Maksud Alam alias Moksud, Kamrunnahar Moni, Saifur Rahman Mohammad Zobair, Javed, Umme Sultana Popy, Mohiuddin Shakil, Mohammad Shamim, Abdur Rahim Sharif and Absar Uddin.
Nusrat was set on fire on April 6 last on the rooftop of the educational institution, allegedly by people loyal to Sirajuddoula whom she had accused of sexually harassing her.
She succumbed to her injuries four days later at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
A case was filed with Sonagazi Police Station on April 8. Police pressed charges before the court against 16 people on May 29.
Dhaka, Oct 28 (UNB) – The High Court will deliver its verdict on November 3 on a writ petition filed seeking its directive to constitute a commission to investigate irregularities and corruption in the country’s banking sector.
The HC bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul Alam fixed the date on Monday after the final hearing on the writ.
Barrister Ajmalul Hossain QC stood for the Bangladesh Bank while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represented the Finance Ministry and Advocate Manzill Murshid moved for the writ petitioner.
Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB) filed the writ petition in January this year seeking investigation into the irregularities in the banking sector and formation of an independent commission in this regard.
On February 13, the HC issued a rule asking the central bank to submit a list of loan defaulters and sought explanation as to why legal steps should not be taken against the irregularities that took place in the banking sector in the past 20 years.
On May 16, the directed it to submit information about all irregularities, including loan defaults, and measures taken against them in the last 20 years within June 24.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Bank issued a notification on special guidelines on May 16 for loan rescheduling and one-time payment, providing big opportunities for loan defaulters. They were allowed to reschedule loans after paying 2 percent of their previous loans and then their interest rate would be 9 percent.
Besides, defaulters were given a chance to pay the rest of their loans in 10 years and they could also avail themselves of more loans from the bank.
Later on May 21, the High Court ordered a status quo on the policy following a supplementary petition filed by HRPB.
On June 24, the BB submitted their report that said the amount of default and inactive loan is 220,000 crore and that of written-off loan is Tk 30,000 crore which may not be recovered.
The Appellate Division stayed the High Court status quo order for two months on July 8 after the Finance Ministry moved it.
But the loan defaulters would be able to take further new loan, it said.
It also directed High Court to dispose of the rule regarding loan default before the bench, led by Justice JBM Hassan.