Dhaka, Jan 21 (UNB) – A writ petition was filed with the High Court (HC) Division on Monday seeking its directives to bring journalists and lawyers under the pension scheme.
It was prayed in the writ to issue a rule seeking explanation from the authorities concerned as to why the inaction to allocate necessary fund for bringing journalists and lawyers under the pension facilities should not be declared illegal.
Lawyer M Mozammel Haque filed the writ petition which might come up for hearing at the bench of Justice FRM Najmul Hasan and Justice KM Kamrul Quader, said petitioner’s lawyer Md Sahabuddin Khan.
According to the petition, lawyers are playing an important role as a constitutional organ out of the state’s three organs while journalists are performing their responsibilities which benefit all.
However, the writ says, although the 3rd and 4th class government employees get Tk 30-Tk 40 lakh and lifetime premium bonus after their retirement, lawyers and journalists have no possibility to get anything once they retire.
Dhaka, Jan 21 (UNB) – The Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institutions (BSTI) on Monday informed the High Court that bottled drinking water of five brands were substandard.
On February 24, the bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil instructed the BSTI to inform the court about the legal steps taken against the brands.
The companies are Yummy Yummy, Aqua Mineral, CFB, Osma and Sinmin.
Advocate Mohammad JR Khan Robin and Advocate Shammi Akhter stood for the petitioner while Deputy Attorney General Mokhlesur Rahman represented the BSTI.
Robin said BSTI had examined the bottled drinking water of 15 companies and found it to be below standard.
On May 22, 2018, a vernacular daily ran a report on bottled water scam. Five days later, Advocate Shammi Akhter filed a writ petition with the High Court attaching the report.
On December 3, the court asked BSTI and law enforcement agencies to take necessary steps to stop the supply of unauthorised bottled water. It also sought a report through the attorney general within 15 days on what steps the BSTI had taken in this regard.
Besides, the court also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why its failure to provide pure drinking water in bottles and jars should not be declared illegal.
As the report was not submitted through the attorney general, the court on January 14 ordered the BSTI to file a report within a week.
Dhaka, Jan 21 (UNB) – The High Court on Monday granted a four-week anticipatory bail to Rashidul Islam, the Khulna correspondent of Daily Manabzamin, in a case filed under the Digital Security Act.
Rashidul and Bangla Tribune district correspondent Hedait Hossain Mollah were accused of using ‘false’ information in a report on the election results of Khulna-1 constituency.
Justice Mohammad Abdul Hafiz and Justice Mohi Uddin Shamim’s bench gave Rashidul bail after he surrendered before the court and sought bail. Senior advocate Khandkar Mahbub Hossain and advocate Md Masud Rana represented him in court.
Upazila Nirbahi Officer and Assistant Returning Officer Debashish Chowdhury filed the case at Batiaghata Police Station on December 31 against Hedait and Rashedul.
The case accused the duo of using ‘false and fabricated information’ in their reports titled ‘22,419 more than total votes cast in Khulna-1’.
Police arrested Hedait on January 1. He was put on remand the next day. The District and Sessions Judge’s Court on January 3 granted him bail until January 14.
A Khulna court on January 14 extended Hedait’s bail till January 29.
Dhaka, Jan 21 (UNB) –The High Court on Monday granted six-month bail to former Inspectors General of Police (IGP) Ashraful Huda and Shahudul Haque, who were convicted in a case filed over August 21 grenade attack .
The High Court bench Justice Sheikh Abdul Awal and Justice Bhishmadev Chakrabortty passed the order after hearing on their appeals.
Lawyers Mohammad Arsadur Rouf and Jamilur Rahman stood for the IGPs.
Arsadur Rouf said that now there is no bar to their release from jail.
Earlier on January 13, the High Court accepted the appeals of 44 convicts, including 18 condemned ones, for hearing in the August 21 grenade attack cases.
On October 10, a speedy trial tribunal sentenced 19 people, including former State Minister for Home Lutfozzaman Babar and former Deputy Minister for Education Abdus Salam Pintu, to death while 19 others, including BNP acting Chairman Tarique Rahman, to life imprisonment in two cases filed over the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally in the capital in 2004.
Besides, 11 people were awarded different jail terms in the sensational cases.
Among the convicts, former Inspectors General of Police (IGP) Ashraful Huda and Shahudul Haque were sentenced to four years jail and fined Tk 50,000 for harbouring the offenders under two separate sections of the case.
Dhaka, Jan 21 (UNB) – The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Monday granted bail to former minister Barrister Nazmul Huda in a graft case.
A four member bench led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order accepting his leave-to-appeal petition.
On November 8 last year, the High Court commuted former Communications Minister Nazmul Huda’s seven years’ imprisonment to four years in the graft case and ordered him to surrender before the court.
He surrendered before the court on January 6 and the court sent him jail.
Later, he filed a leave-to appeal petition and another petition seeking bail.
Lawyers A F Hasan Arif, Monsurul Haque Chowdhury and advocate Sigma Huda stood for Nazmul Huda and Khushid Alam Khan for the Anti-Corruption Commission.
On August 27, 2007, a Special Judge’s Court sentenced the former BNP minister to seven years’ imprisonment while his wife to three years’ imprisonment in the case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). It also fined Nazmul Huda Tk 2.5 crore.
However, the High Court on March 20, 2011 acquitted them from the charge and later the Appellate Division on December 1, 2014 scrapped the HC verdict and asked for hearing the petition again.
ACC Deputy Director Shariful Islam filed the case against Barrister Nazmul Huda and his wife Sigma Huda on March 21, 2007 on charge of taking Tk 2.40 crore as bribe from a person named Mir JaherHossain.