The full text of the High Court verdict in the sensational Pilkhana BDR mutiny murder case was released on Wednesday.
The 29,059-page text of the verdict, the longest in Bangladesh’s legal history, was published after three judges signed the copies.
Seventy-four people, including 57 army officers, were killed in the BDR mutiny on February 25-26 in 2009 at the Pilkhana headquarters in Dhaka. The paramilitary force was later renamed Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB).
Fifty-eight cases were filed — one for serious crimes, including murder and looting, and the rest for mutiny, in connection with the incident.
A Dhaka court on November 5, 2013 sentenced 152 soldiers of the erstwhile Bangladesh Rifles and two civilians to death, and 160 others to life imprisonment for their involvement in the BDR mutiny.
Another 256 soldiers were sentenced to various jail terms and 278 others were acquitted.
A total of 257 appeals were filed with the High Court against the subordinate court verdict.
On November 27, 2017, the three-member bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder, Justice Md Shawkat Hossain, and Justice Md Abu Zafor Siddique upheld the death sentences of 139 convicts, acquitted four and commuted the death sentences of eight others to life imprisonment.
Besides, the bench upheld the life term imprisonment of 146 convicts, among 160, and acquitted 12 others. It also sentenced 34 others to life imprisonment who had previously been acquitted by the subordinate court.
Two hundred others were sentenced to various jail terms.
The High Court on Tuesday cleared the way for continuation of the trial proceedings in a money-laundering case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) against former BNP MP Hafiz Ibrahim.
The HC bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice AKM Zahirul Huq came up with the order after hearing a petition filed for quashing the case proceedings.
Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan stood for the ACC while Barrister M Amir-Ul Islam argued for Hafiz Ibrahim.
The ACC lawyer said the case is now under trial at the Dhaka Special Court-3.
He said there is no bar to continuation of the trial proceedings with the High Court order.
Ibrahim filed a petition with the High Court in November 2018.
The ACC filed the case with Gulshan Police Station on August 16, 2011 against Hafiz and his wife Mafruza for laundering US$1.75 lakh to Singapore.
A court here on Monday asked the authorities concerned to freeze 194 bank accounts of Golam Kibria Shamim alias GK Shamim in a money laundering case.
Dhaka Senior Special Judge KM Imrul Kayesh passed the order following a petition filed by Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
Senior assistant superintendent of police Abu Syed of CID filed a petition before the court seeking its order to freeze the bank accounts of GK Shamim.
On September 23, last year, the Central Intelligence Cell (CIC) of the National Board of Revenue (NBR) asked all the banks and financial institutions to freeze the bank accounts of GK Shamim and his company.
Later, a writ petition was filed seeking reactivation of his accounts.
Shamim was arrested along with illegal firearms and a huge amount of money from his Niketan office on September 20 in the ongoing drive against casino business and other anti-social business. Seven of his bodyguards were also arrested during the raid.
Rab members seized Fixed Deposit Receipts (FDRs) worth Tk 165 crore, Tk 1.8 crore in cash and huge stash of foreign currencies during the drive.
A foreign-made pistol, seven shotguns and a huge cache of bullets were also seized from the office of ‘GKB & Company Pvt Limited’.
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.