The High Court will deliver its order on Tuesday on a writ petition filed seeking its directive to defer the elections to the two Dhaka city corporations.
The HC bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul Alam fixed the date on Monday after hearing the writ petition.
On January 6, Advocate Ashoke Kumar Ghosh, a Supreme Court lawyer, filed the writ seeking its directive to defer the polls from January 30 as Saraswati Puja, one of the biggest religious festivals of the Hindu community, will be celebrated across the country on the day.
Saraswati Puja is celebrated in all universities, colleges and other educational institutions across the country while polling stations will be set up in different educational institutions in the city for the polls which will hamper the celebrations, the writ said.
On December 22 last, Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda announced the election schedule for the polls to Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) fixing January 30 as the voting date.
Issuing a nine-point directive to bring down air pollution level in Dhaka, the High Court on Monday summoned the director general of the Department of Environment (DoE) to appear before it on February 2 to explain why this problem cannot be contained.
The HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader issued the order following a writ filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB).
The bench also ordered the authorities concerned to submit a progress report on the compliance of the directives before it on March 1.
Advocate Manzill Murshid stood for the writ petitioner while deputy attorney general ABM Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar represented the state and Sayeed Ahmed Reza for the two city corporations of Dhaka.
The nine-point directive includes ensuring the use of covers on trucks or other vehicles that transport sand or soil in capital Dhaka.
At places where construction work is going on, contractors should cover the work to prevent the spread of dust, it said.
As per its previous order, the HC ordered the authorities concerned to sprinkle water on streets that were left out.
The government has been instructed to ensure complete road construction or excavation work or carpeting complying with laws and rules.
The court also ordered the authorities to seize the vehicles emitting black smoke.
It asked the government to take steps to fix the economic life of different cars or vehicles as per section 36 of the Road Transport Act 2018 and restrict plying of those vehicles which have no economic life to run on roads in the capital.
The DoE was asked to shut down in next two months the rest of the illegal brick fields which are operating without license.
Appropriate steps should be taken to stop burning of tyres and recycling of vehicles’ batteries without approval from the DoE, the court said.
The HC asked the authorities concerned of the government to take steps to ensure that all the market owners or shopkeepers keep their garbage in bags and the city corporations to remove those after the shops or markets are closed.
“The court wanted to know how the DoE spent the Tk 300 crore budget of a World Bank project to conserve the environment, the role DoE played to improve the environment and how people are being benefited from it,” said the deputy attorney general after the order was passed.
The HRPB filed a writ petition attaching a report published in different newspapers on January 21 last year on air pollution in Dhaka.
The trial of Buet student Abrar Fahad’s murder that sparked nationwide outcry is going to begin soon as the case was shifted to the Dhaka Metropolitan Session Judges Court on Monday.
Judge of the Dhaka Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court MdKaysarul Islam sent the case to the court in the morning.
Morshed Amartya Islam, a fugitive accused in the case, surrendered before the court on Sundayand the court sent him to jail.
On December 3 last, a court here ordered confiscation of the property of four fugitive accused in the killing case.
Three other fugitives are Morsheduzzaman Jishan, Mustafa Rafid and Ehtashamul Rabbi Tanim, students of Buet (Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology).
On January 5 last, the court instructed the police to published ads in newspapers asking the four fugitives to appear before the court, saying that the trial will begin in their absence if they do not turn up on January 13.
On November 18 last, the court accepted the charge-sheet against 25 accused and issued a warrant for the arrest of the four fugitives in the case.
Abrar Fahad, 21, a second-year student of electrical and electronic engineering of Buet, was beaten to death reportedly by Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders at Sher-e-Bangla Hall of the university.
He was found dead on the staircase of the hall in the early hours of October 7 after he was taken to room No-2011 around 8pm on October 6 and beaten mercilessly.
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Basic Bank’s decision to change its existing salary structure for employees was stayed by the High Court (HC) for one month on Sunday.
The HC also issued a rule seeking explanation why the decision to revise the salary structure should not be declared illegal.
The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order after hearing a writ petition filed by six officials of the bank, said Advocate AM Amin Uddin who stood for the petitioners.
A salary structure of the Basic Bank introduced in 2013 for its 2,100 employees was higher compared to other government banks but it was cancelled recently by the bank’s managing body.
In a Dec 22 letter, its human resources department said the bank has been incurring losses for seven years and is unable to bear the excessive amount of salary and allowance.
The High Court on Wednesday ruled that no government official can be kept as an officer on special duty (OSD) for more than 150 days.
After the final hearing of a writ petition, the HC bench of Justice Zubayer Rahman Chowdhury and Justice Sashanka Shekhar Sarkar also directed for sending government officials who have been made OSD to their respective posts immediately.
It asked the senior secretary of the Public Administration Ministry to form a committee headed by a senior secretary to find out those have been kept as OSD for more than 150 days and take necessary steps within 90 days after scrutinising every case.
The committee was asked to submit a compliance report.
In its order, the court said the government has the authority to make an official OSD but keeping on OSD for more than 150 days is illegal.
Advocate Anik R Haque stood for the writ petitioner while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represented the state.
Anik said currently, a total of 775 government officials have been working as OSD for more than 150 days which is tarnishing their image socially.
Former secretary M Asafuddoula filed the writ petition on May 31, 2012 challenging the legality of keeping an official as OSD.
Hearing the writ, the HC issued a rule on June 4 of the year, seeking explanation as to why keeping an official as OSD beyond specific time and paying them from the public coffer should not be declared unconstitutional.