Dhaka, Jan 20 (UNB) – After a writ seeking cancellation of their oath was turned down, another petition was filed with the High Court Division on Sunday challenging the legality of holding posts by MPs of the 11th parliament.
The writ of quo warranto filed by Supreme Court lawyer Tawhidul Islam also prayed in the writ for issuing a rule seeking explanation as to how the MPs of the 11th parliament are in their posts as they did not take oath as ‘per the Constitution’.
The bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil is likely to hear the writ on Monday.
Lawyer of the petitioner Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon said the HC on Thursday rejected the writ seeking its directives to revoke the oath-taking of the newly elected MPs stating that it was not pressed.
Court said the petitioner, Tawhidul, could not file the writ as he was not an MP or aggrieved person, he said.
“So, we’ve now filed a writ of quo warranto seeking explanation as to how the MPs of the 11th parliament are holding their posts whereas they were not sworn in as the Constitution,” he added.
As per the previous writ, the Speaker administered oath to the new MPs on January 3 following publication of a gazette which is the violation of section 123(3) of the constitution as they were sworn in before the expiry of the 10th parliament.
The five-year tenure of the 10th parliament was supposed to end on January 28.
Dhaka, Jan 20 (UNB) – A court here on Sunday issued a warrant for the arrest of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a case filed for hurting people’s religious sentiments over four years ago.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Jasim Uddin issued the warrant and directed police to submit a report by February 18 on execution of the arrest warrant.
The case was filed by AB Siddique, president of Jananetri Parishad, a pro-Awami League organisation, with Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court on October 21, 2014.
According to the case statement, the BNP chairperson at a programme of the Hindu community in the capital on October 14, 2014 said Awami League wears the mask of secularism but in reality, they believe in atheism, which tarnished the image of ruling party and offended the religious sentiments of the party men.
The court then directed the officer-in-charge (investigation) of Shahbagh Police Station to investigate the allegation and submit a report in this regard.
Later, the IO submitted the report on June 30, 2018 as he found the allegation brought against Khaleda to be true.
Noakhali, Jan 20 (UNB) – The prime accused in a case filed over the ‘gang-rape’ of a woman at Nabogram village in Kabirhat upazila reportedly confessed before a court here on Sunday to his involvement in the incident.
Judge of the Noakhali-4 Cognisance Court Uzma Shukrana recorded the confessional statement of Zakir Hossain, said office-in-charge of Kabirhat Police Station Mohammad Hasan.
Meanwhile, police arrested three more people, including victim’s stepbrother-in-law Abdur Rob Hossain Manna, 28, over the incident. The two other arrestees are Md Selim, 30, and Harun-or-Rashid, 22.
Quoting Zakir, the OC said Manna was the mastermind of the gang-rape. He led the offenders in the incident.
Zakir said Manna, Selim and Harun raped the woman and he stood in guard during the incident.
Meanwhile, locals formed a human chain at Nabogram Bazar in the afternoon demanding exemplary punishment of the offenders.
Zakir along with his three accomplices broke into the victim’s house in the early hours of Saturday taking advantage of her husband's absence. They held the victim and her three children hostage and raped her in turns.
They also looted Tk 60,000 and some gold ornaments from her house, the victim said.
Soon after the incident, the victim, 36, filed a case with Kabirhat Police Station. Later, police arrested Zakir, 40, son of Enamul Haque of the village.
Locals said the victim has been living at her residence along with her two daughters and a son as her husband is now in jail in a political case.
Dhaka, Jan 20 (UNB) -The High Court (HC) Division of the Supreme Court on Sunday issued a rule seeking an explanation as to why the decision of the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) to raise the prices of gas production, transmission and distribution will not be declared illegal.
The BERC, its Chairman, Power, Energy and Mineral Resources ministry Secretary, Petrobangla Chairman and four others have been asked to respond to this rule within four weeks.
The HC bench consisting Justice FRM Nazmul Ahsan and Justice M Kamrul Kader issued the rule after a primary hearing on a writ petition. Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua stood for the petitioner.
On October 16, 2016, the BERC raised the prices of gas production, transmission and distribution.
Convener of Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB) Architect Mobassher Hossain on Sunday last filed the writ petition challenging the decision.
Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua said though there has been a ban on imposing Value Added Tax (VAT) on imported gas since 1993, gas prices were hiked in mid-2018 defying the ban.
Sylhet, Jan 17 (UNB) – A court here on Thursday placed three accused on a five-day remand in a case filed under the Anti-terrorism Act over the operation at a militant den, Atia Mahal, at Shibbari in South Surma in 2017.
Metropolitan Magistrate Mamunur Rashid passed the order after investigation officer of the case and Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) Inspector Abdul Hossain produced them before his court seeking remand for them.
Those remanded are Arzina Begum, sister of suspected militant Marzina who was killed in the operation at the militant den, Arzina’s husband Jashim Uddin and Mohammad Hasan of Naikkhonchhari.
The trio, now in jail in another case, was shown arrested in the anti-terrorism case on Wednesday.
Seven people were killed during the Army-led operation, 'Operation Twilight', that began on March 25 although police launched the raid on the militant den early hours of March 24 last.
Army Para Commandos found the bodies of four militants, including that of a female one, at the militant den on March 27.