Dhaka, June 23 (UNB) – The High Court on Sunday sought a list of milk and curd producers in the capital.
The Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) has been given two weeks to file the list of such companies operating with and without licences.
Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam’s bench fixed July 15 as the next hearing date.
BSTI officer Nurul Islam and its lawyer Sarkar MR Hasan insisted that BSTI is not responsible for the supervision of companies operating without licences.
They said that the BSTI is only responsible for supervising 18 licensed companies and claimed that milk and curd from only these companies are sold at high-end shops.
But the court showed a report by Dr Shahlina Ferdousi which pointed out that milk and curd of unlicenced companies are also sold at high-end shops in Gulshan.
“Your statement is not correct,” the court told them.
Islam and Hasan claimed that supervising producers without licences was the task of the Department of Agricultural Extension and Department of Livestock Services.
But the court expressed dissatisfaction at the response.
The High Court on May 21 asked BSTI to make a list of companies and file a report within a month after testing milk and dairy products across the country. In the report, the BSTI was asked to include legal measures taken against companies involved in adulteration.
The order was issued when BSTI questioned the authenticity of a report provided by National Food Safety Laboratory (NFSL) which found chemicals in samples of liquid and powder milk and dairy products.
Prof Ferdousi, chief of NFSL, filed the report.
On May 15, the court asked BFSA and BSTI to submit a report by June 23 containing a list of companies involved in adulteration of milk, and dairy products. The BFSA was ordered on May 8 to submit a list of companies involved in adulteration of milk and curd within May 15.
BSFA submitted a report on May 8 which said harmful chemical lead and antibiotics were found in 96 samples of unpacked milk collected from the market.
Besides, adulteration was evident in 18 of the 31 samples of packaged milk but the names of the milk-producing companies responsible for the adulteration were absent in the report.
On February 11, the court directed the authorities concerned to conduct a survey to determine how much cow milk, dairy products and cow fodders containing bacteria, antibiotic, lead and pesticides are supplied across the country.
Various national dailies published reports on February 10 citing survey findings on the presence of pesticides, antibiotic and bacteria in raw cow milk.
Dhaka, June 21 (UNB)— Law Minister Anisul Huq on Friday said that the country’s judiciary has been fully independent during the tenure of Awami League.
He said this while speaking at a reception programme organised by Kasba Upazila Samity at Institution of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh.
He dubbed BNP’s allegation about lack of rule of law “a total nonsense”.
“We don’t control anything,” the minister said. “[BNP chief] Khaleda Zia is in jail in a case filed against her during the caretaker government.”
Khaleda, a former prime minister, has been in jail since February 8 last year after a subordinate court sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. The High Court later doubled her sentence.
She was also convicted in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.
“The judiciary has been working independently. Institutions that are constitutionally independent will remain independent,” Minister Huq said. “We believe in a free judiciary for the development of the people.”
Dhaka, Jun 20 (UNB) – A court here on Thursday seized the immovable assets and bank accounts of suspended Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of police Mizanur Rahman, responding to an appeal filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Court Judge AK Imrul Kayes passed the order.
Earlier on June 12, ACC director Manjur Morshed was appointed to inspect the wealth statement of Mizan after suspension of previous investigation officer Khandaker Enamul Basir on allegations of leaking information in violation of the rules.
A private TV channel reported recently that Mizan gave Tk 40 lakh to Khandaker Enamul Basir to get clean chit in a corruption case.
DIG Mizan was an additional commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP). He was withdrawn on January 9 last year following the allegation of threatening a female news presenter of a private television channel.
He had also reportedly married a woman forcibly and tortured her. Mizan allegedly picked up 25-year-old woman in July, 2017 and then forcibly married her.
He had also implicated her in a false case whereby she was arrested and remained in jail for three weeks.
Bogura, Jun 20 (UNB) – A court here on Thursday sent former Textiles and Jute Minister Abdul Latif Siddiqui to jail after rejecting his bail plea in a corruption case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
Bogura District and Senior Special Judge Naresh Chandra Sarkar passed the order when Latif Siddiqui appeared before the court and sought bail.
Earlier on February 18, Assistant Director Md Aminul Islam of ACC submitted a chargesheet against him in the corruption case.
According to the case statement, Latif Siddiqui sold out 2.38 acres of land of Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation at Dariapur village in Adamdighi upazila to Begum Jahanara without floating any tender at Tk 23 lakh, which was just over one third of its market value, said to have been Tk 64 lakh at the time.
Later, a corruption case was filed with Adamdighi Police Station accusing Siddiqui and Jahanara.
Siddiqui’s offense was to sell the government-owned land and incurring a loss of Tk 40.70 lakh (the difference between the selling price and its market value) to the public exchequer.
Dhaka, June 20 (UNB) –The Appellate Division on Thursday stayed till July 1 the permanent bail granted by the High Court to former Awami League MP from Tangail-3 (Ghatail) Amanur Rahman Khan Rana in a case filed over killing of two Jubo League leaders.
Chamber judge Justice Md Nuruzzaman passed the order after hearing on a petition and sent it to the full bench of the Appellate Division for further hearing.
Barrister Monsurul Haque Chowdhury stood for the petitioner while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam and Deputy Attorney General Dr Md Bashir Ullah represented the state.
The High Court on Wednesday granted permanent bail to Rana in the case.
Baghil union Jubo League leaders Mohammad Shamim and Mohammad Mamun went missing on July 16, 2012 in the district town.
The following day, Shamim’s mother filed a general diary with Tangail Sadar police station.
Later, police arrested several suspects over the incident when two of the arrestees – Shahadat Hossain, 16 and Hiron Mia, 27 -- revealed that both of the Jubo League leaders had been murdered as the order of MP Rana.
Rana surrendered to the Tangail additional district and session’s judge court on September 18, 2016 ending his 22-month fugitive run in the freedom fighter murder case.
The AL leader went into ‘hiding’ after he was accused of killing freedom fighter and member of district unit AL Faruk Ahmed.
On January 18, 2013, the Awami League leader was shot dead in front of his residence in the district town.
Later, Faruk’s wife Nahar Ahmed filed a case in this connection.
Fourteen people, including four brothers of Tangail’s influential Khan family, were made accused in the murder case.