Dhaka, Mar 19 (UNB) – The government on Tuesday filed a petition seeking stay on the High Court order that had granted bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a murder case filed over the death of eight people in an arson attack in Cumilla.
Deputy Attorney General Dr Mohmmad Bashir Ullah filed the petition with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court bench concerned.
The chamber judge of the Appellate Division is likely to hear the petition on March 25.
Earlier on March 6, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia secured a six-month interim bail in the case.
Eight people were killed and 20 others were injured when a petrol bomb was hurled at a bus at Jogmohanpur in Chouddagram during the BNP-led alliance’s movement on February 3, 2015.
Khaleda’s lawyer moved the HC on February 27 after a subordinate court in Cumilla rejected her bail plea on February 4.
Dhaka, Mar 18 (UNB) – The Cabinet on Monday approved in principle the draft of the Fish and Fish Product (Inspection and Quality Control) Bill, enhancing the maximum punishment to two-year imprisonment for adulterating fish and fish products, and other offences under the proposed law.
The approval came from the weekly Cabinet meeting held at the PMO with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
“According to clause 20 of the bill, the court can jail anyone for maximum two years or fine Tk five lakh at best or both for committing offences under the upcoming law and its rules,” said Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam while briefing reporters at the Secretariat after the Cabinet meeting.
As per the existing Fish and Fish Product (Inspection and Quality Control) Ordinance 1983, the punishment is maximum three months’ jail or fine of Tk 5,000 or both, he said.
In case of repetition of such offences, the punishment will double, he said.
The Cabinet Secretary said the administration (authorised or inspection officers) can also fine maximum Tk five lakh for such offences according to the proposed law.
He said the bill was brought in Bangla version as the existing ordinance was promulgated during military regime, which the court declared illegal. The bill was updated to some extent considering the present context, he added.
Shafiul Alam said no one can export or import fish and fish products without having licence, while farmer cannot run any fish farm without having registration according to the bill.
He said the inspection provision has been made tougher in the bill for ensuring proper inspection and maintaining the quality of fish and fish products in case of export.
As per the bill, adulterating fish and fish products, infiltrating and mixing unwanted things or harmful chemicals with fish and fish products are prohibited, he said adding that there will be a quality assurance manager under the Fisheries Department.
The Cabinet Secretary said the use of banned antibiotics and chemicals in fish farms is prohibited for the sake of safe fish production. No decomposed, contaminated, adulterated fish or fish products can be processed or marketed as per the bill, he said.
The Cabinet also approved the draft of the Bangladesh Sugar Crop Research Institute Bill, 2019 to conduct research over other sugar crops alongside sugarcane in the country.
The proposed law will replace the existing Bangladesh Sugarcane Research Institute Act 1996, said Shafiul Alam.
The bill was brought to expand research areas as sugar is produced not only from sugarcane but also palm, date, Golpata and other sweet crops and trees.
Besides, the Cabinet approved in principle the draft of the Bangladesh Lighthouse Bill, 2019 making the existing the Lighthouse Act, 1927 as a time-befitting one, said Shafiul Alam.
As per the bill, there will be the port lighthouse authority to supervise and run the country’s port lighthouses, he said.
The Cabinet Secretary said the levy (charge) collection process of lighthouses has been made easier in the bill.
Dhaka, Mar 18 (UNB) – A court here on Monday fixed April 17 for the next hearing in the Gatco corruption case filed against BNP chief Khaleda Zia and others as she could not be produced before the court due to illness.
Judge Abu Syed Diljar Hossain of the Special Judge Court-3 of Dhaka set the date.
Earlier on February 27, the court fixed today (Monday) for hearing on charge framing against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and 16 others in the case.
On February 7, the prosecution began hearing on charge framing in the corruption case.
On November 25 last, the High Court directed the trial court to conclude the trial proceedings in the case within six months.
On September 2, 2007, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the case against two Gatco directors, Khaleda and others.
They were accused of causing a loss of Tk 1,000 crore to the state by awarding the contract of container handling at the Chittagong port and Dhaka's Inland Container Depot to Gatco.
The ACC pressed charges on May 13 the following year against 24 people, including nine former ministers and state ministers of Khaleda's cabinet. Six of the accused have so far died.
Dhaka, Mar 16 (UNB) - BNP special secretary Asaduzzaman Ripon has been released from jail on bail, nearly a month after he was sent to jail in four violence cases.
“I was released from Dhaka Central Jail (Keraniganj) on Friday evening after the bail order in the four cases reached the jail authorities,” Ripon told UNB.
He said the High Court granted him bail in the cases on March 4. “But it took 11 days to reach the bail order to the jail authorities.”
On February 18 last, Ripon was sent to jail after as a Dhaka court denied him bail in the four cases filed in connection with street violence.
Dhaka, Mar 14 (UNB) – The High Court on Thursday issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain why their failure to ensure safe food, including fish and meat, for the people should not be declared illegal.
After hearing a supplementary petition, the HC bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil also wanted to know why authorities concerned should not directed to ensure safe food.
Food and health secretaries, Director General of Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI), Bangladesh Food Safety Authority and Inspector General of Police and seven others have been made respondents to the rule.
The HC also asked the Bangladesh Food Safety Authority to submit a report by May 5 on its steps to ensure the supply of safe food.
Lawyer ZR Khan Robin stood for the petitioner and deputy attorney general Mukhlesur Rahman represented the state.
He said lawyer Shammi Akhter filed a writ petition on May 27 last over bottled water. She filed the supplementary petition today.