Dhaka, May 6 (UNB) – A writ petition was filed with the High Court on Monday seeking its order to conduct judicial inquiry into the death of Advocate Palash Kumar Roy in Panchagarh jail.
Barrister Sayedul Haque Suman, a Supreme Court lawyer, filed the writ which is likely to come up for hearing at the bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil on Tuesday.
The writ also sought overhauling the security measures inside jail.
The Home Secretary, Inspector General of Prisons, Deputy Inspector General of Rangpur division and jailer of Panchagarh Jail were made respondents to the writ.
Palash Kumar Roy, 36, a Bangladesh Bar Council-listed lawyer and son of Pranab Kumar Roy of Borosingia village in Atoari upazila, sustained burn injuries in a toilet of the Panchagarh Jail on April 26 and succumbed to his injuries at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital on April 30.
Rajib Rana, a young man, filed a case against Palash with Sadar Police Station for reportedly making derogatory remarks about Prime Minister on March 25.
Later, police arrested him and a court sent him to jail after he produced before it on March 26.
Dhaka, May 6 (UNB) – Declaring it illegal, the High Court on Monday put a restriction on airing news headlines and different parts of news in private television channels with commercial sponsorship.
The ban will come into effect on September 1, said the court.
A bench of Justice Zubayer Rahman Chowdhury and Justice Sashanka Shekhar Sarkar passed the order after hearing a rule issued earlier to this end.
Advocate Masud Ahmed Sayeed stood for the writ petitioner while Deputy Attorney General Tapos Kumar Biswas and Assistant Attorney General Abonti Nurul represented the state.
Advocate Masud Sayeed said the HC passed the order as news might be distorted or controlled if any commercial establishment sponsors it which is also violation of articles 31, 32 and 39 of the Constitution.
With the court order, Tapos Kumar said, TV channels can air ads as much as they wish but that must be before, after and in the middle of the news. “But no advertisement of a company can be aired in different segments, including headlines, of the news with its sponsorship.”
On October 17, 2011, a former teacher of Government Laboratory High School filed the writ petition in the form of public interest litigation when the court issued a rule.
The rule sought explanation from the authorities concerned in this regard within two weeks.