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.
Mentioning that public interest litigations (PILs) are playing a helpful role in protecting human rights of the underprivileged people, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain on Saturday urged judges to ensure sanctity and credibility in the judicial process while dealing with such cases.
While addressing a seminar titled ‘Standing in Public Interest Litigation: An Outline’ at the Supreme Court auditorium, he also called for using the capability of the judiciary for people’s welfare in such cases.
Supreme Court Online Bulletin (SCOB) organised the programme.
The Chief Justice said the PIL system helps the judiciary move forward. “Public interest litigations are an effective tool to amend people’s errors, heal the wounds to people’s interests and resolve constitutional debates.”
SCOB Editor Justice Md Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury presented the keynote paper at the seminar where Justice Muhammad Imman Ali of the Appellate Division and Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif of the High Court Division also spoke.
A court here on Wednesday indicted Aysha Siddika Minni and nine others in a case filed over the murder of her husband Rifat Sharif.
Rifat Sharif was hacked to death in broad daylight on June 26.
Judge of the District and Session’s Judge Court Md Asaduzzaman framed the charges when Minni was present in the dock.
The other nine indicted accused are Rakibul Hasan Rifat Farazi, 23, Al Kaiyum alias Akon, 21, Mohaiminul Islam Sifat, 19, Rezwan Ali Khan Hridoy, 22, Md Hasan, 19, Md Musa, 22, Rafiul Islam Rabbi, 20, Md Sagor, 19, Kamrul Islam Saimun, 21.
Rifat, 22, was attacked with sharp weapons near the main gate of Barguna Government College on June 26 while his wife Minni appeared to be trying to protect him from the attackers.
Twenty-four people were accused in the murder case filed by Rifat’s father. The young man’s wife, Minni, initially named as a witness, was later arrested on July 16, and made an accused in the case.
The main accused, Sabbir Ahmed alias Nayon Bond, was killed in a reported gunfight with law enforcers on July 2.
The High Court on August 29 granted bail to Minni on conditions that she would remain in her father’s custody and refrain from talking to the media.