The High Court on Wednesday asked the government to inform it by Tuesday next about its plan on Suhrawardy Udyan where Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman delivered the historic 7th March Speech in 1971.
The HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader passed the order after hearing a writ petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer Dr Bashir Ahmed in 2017.
The court also fixed Tuesday for further order.
The petitioner represented himself while Assistant Attorney General Mohammad Saiful Islam stood for the state during the hearing.
The writ petition was filed seeking HC directives to reinstate the stages at the same places where Bangabandhu had delivered the 7th March Speech, Pakistani force surrendered, and gratitude extended to then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by Bangladesh, and set up an statue of Bangabandhu, a museum and declare March 7 as the Historic National Day.
After hearing the writ on November 20, 2017, the High Court issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why directives should not be given to set up a Bangabandhu’s speech-mode sculpture at the place.
The court had also wanted to know as to why directives should not be given to take necessary steps to preserve the place for the next generation as a historical one.
On March 4, 2018, the HC issued another rule asking the government to explain as to why directives should not be given to set up a Bangabandhu’s speech-mode sculpture at the place where he had delivered the historic 7th March Speech in 1971.
The High Court on Wednesday directed the government to appoint within 60 days 38 candidates who came out successful in the 36th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examinations.
The bench of Justice Md Ashraful Kamal and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil passed the order after final hearing of a writ petition filed by the candidates.
Advocate Salah Uddin Dolon stood for the petitioners while Deputy Attorney General Wayes Al Haruni represented the state.
The final results of the 36th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examinations were published on October 17, 2017.
Some 2,323 examinees were recommended for various cadre positions.
Thirty-eight of the candidates who are yet to get appointment filed the writ petitions in 2019.
Salah Uddin said the HC issued a rule on February 19, 2019, after hearing the writ.
On January 28, the HC directed the government to appoint within 60 days 27 candidates who came out successful in the 34th and 35th BCS examinations.
The High Court on Tuesday directed the University Grants Commission (UGC) to submit a report within three months after investigating how Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and equivalent degrees are approved by public and private universities.
The HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader passed the order after hearing a writ petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer Advocate Md Moniruzzaman.
The court also directed the Dhaka University (DU) vice-chancellor to submit a report within 60 days after investigating the allegation against one of their teachers of obtaining his PhD degree submitting a dissertation which was 98 percent plagiarised.
In the rule, it also wanted to know why directives should not be given for verifying the thesis by an ICT specialist before it is finalised to prevent forgery in attaining PhD or equivalent degrees by students or researchers.
The education secretary, UGC chairman and DU VC were made respondents to the rule.
A report was published in a newspaper on January 21 about 98 percent plagiarised dissertation of a DU teacher.
According to the report, Abul Kalam Lutful Kabir, associate professor of DU Pharmaceutical Technology department, acquired his PhD degree from the same department in 2015 submitting a dissertation which was 98 percent plagarised.
Following the allegation, the accused teacher was relieved of his duty on January 28 last.
Advocate Md Moniruzzaman filed the writ petition on January 26.
The writ petitioner represented himself during the hearing while Deputy Attorney General Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar stood for the state.
Lutful Kabir began his research titled ‘Tuberculosis and HIV Correlation and Co-infection in Bangladesh: An Exploration of Their Impacts on Public Health’ in 2014.
Prof Abu Shara Shamsur Rouf of the Pharmaceutical Tchnology department was his supervisor while Prof ABM Faroque co-supervisor.
Sources said Lutful Kabir took record one and a half years to complete the writing of his dissertation, which generally takes at least three to three and a half years.
Then he submitted the copy of the dissertation to the university in 2015 without taking any signature from the co-supervisor. The registrar building of the university sent the dissertation back to Lutful Kabir as it did not have the signature.
Later, Prof Faroque signed the dissertation as Lutful Kabir requested him earnestly and he submitted it to the authorities again.
The DU academic council and syndicate accepted the dissertation in 2015.
The High Court on Monday ordered the authorities concerned to remove all the illegal establishments along the banks of the Mayur River in Khulna city and submit the progress report within two months.
The HC bench of Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore and Justice Mohammad Ullah passed the order following a supplementary petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh, a human rights organisation.
Advocate Manzill Murshid stood for the petitioner while Advocate Abdul Gaffar for the Khulna City Corporation and deputy attorney general Abu Yeahia Dulal represented the state.
The court also fixed April 6 for next hearing.
Advocate Manzill Murshid said following a order of the HC in 2016, the authorities concerned of Khulna City Corporation dismantled six illegal establishments along the Mayur River and submit a report before the court.
It also submitted a video footage which shows the presence of many more illegal establishments along the river.
It also asked the authorities concerned to prepare a list of grabbers with details.
The High Court on Monday rejected the bail petitions of four body guards of GK Shamim in a money laundering case.
The HC bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam rejected their bail petitions after hearing.
It also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why four bodyguards of GK Shamim should not be granted bail in the case.
The four body guards are Mohammad Zahidul Islam, Mohammad Shahidul Islam, Kamal Hossain and Shamshad Hossain.
Advocate Khurshid Alam stood for the ACC while deputy attorney general AKM Amin Uddin Manik and assistant attorney general Helena Begum Chaina represented the state. Advocate Shamim Sardar stood for the accused.
Golam Kibria Shamim alias GK Shamim, who was known as an influential contractor of Sabujbagh, Basabo and Motijheel areas of the capital, was arrested on September 20, 2019.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members seized illegal firearms and Fixed Deposit Receipts (FDRs) worth Tk 165 crore, Tk 1.8 crore in cash and foreign currencies from his house and office at Niketan.
The elite force filed three cases –- one under the narcotics control, one under the money-laundering prevention and the other under the arms acts -– against Shamim with Gulshan Police Station on September 21.
The four bodyguards of Shamim were shown arrested in a money-laundering case.