Dhaka, May 27 (UNB) – The High Court will hear on Tuesday a writ petition filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia challenging the government's move to hold trial in the Niko graft case against her inside the Keraniganj Central Jail.
Fixing the date, the HC bench of Justice Farah Mahbub and Justice Md Khairul Alam also ordered that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) be a party to the writ.
Senior lawyer AJ Mohammad Ali, Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon and Barrister Kaiser Kamal stood for the BNP chief while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam and Khurshid Alam Khan represented the state and ACC respectively.
The Law Ministry on May 13 issued separate gazette notifications about setting up a makeshift court inside Keraniganj jail and holding trial in 17 cases against Khaleda there.
The newly-constructed building-2 of the central jail was declared the makeshift court as per the sub-section 2 of section 9 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
Khaleda, a former prime minister, has been in jail since February 8 last year after she was convicted of corruption. Her party claims that the cases against her are politically motivated and accuses the government of plotting to keep her out of national politics - a charge the government denies.
Dhaka, May 27 (UNB)- A court here on Monday issued an arrest warrant against former Sonagazi police station officer-in-charge Moazzem Hossain in a case over spreading a video on social media on Feni madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s statement at the police station.
Dhaka Cyber Tribunal judge Ash-Shams Jaglul Hussein passed the order after taking the report of Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) into congnisance around 12:10pm.
The court fixed June 17 for next hearing.
Allegations brought against former Sonagazi OC Moazzem after Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s murder were found to be authentic by the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI).
An investigation report was filed at the Cyber Tribunal by PBI’s Senior Assistant Superintendent of Police Rima Sultana on Sunday.
Supreme Court lawyer Syeddul Haque Sumon filed the case against Moazzem under the Digital Security Act on May 15.
The former OC was accused of illegally interrogating madrasa student Nusrat and recording the episode on his phone. The video was later circulated on the social media.
Moazzem summoned Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa’s Principal Siraj Ud Doula and Nusrat to the police station after the latter accused her teacher of sexually harassing her.
The OC interrogated Nusrat in the absence of her lawyer or any other woman. She was crying but the OC paid no heed and kept questioning her using inappropriate language.
Nusrat’s mother had filed a case with Sonagazi police over her daughter’s sexual harassment. On April 6, the girl was set on fire at an exam centre in Sonagazi upazila, reportedly by people loyal to SirajUd Doula.
She died on April 10 at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital.
Moazzem was withdrawn the same day and suspended a month later on charge of negligence.
Dhaka, May 26 (UNB)— Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammad Javed Patwary on Sunday asked police officers to ensure that the law and order remains normal ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr holiday.
His directives included ratcheting up security at markets and shopping malls, preventing extortion and not allowing passengers on trucks, pickups and goods-laden vehicles.
Patwary gave the directives through videoconferencing from police headquarters to officers of all metropolitan and ranges.
During the video conference, additional IGPs, commissioners of all metropolitan police and range DIGs, and chiefs of police units in Dhaka and senior police officials were present.
The police chief ordered checking driving license and documents of passenger buses as well as to stop passenger transportation on the bus roof.
He instructed to ensure security to prevent sabotage on railways and stopping overcrowding on the waterways.
He ordered to ensure security at National Eidgah, Sholakia of Kishoreganj, Gur A Shaheed Bara Maidan in Dinajpur and other central Eid Jamaats in the division and district levels.
The IGP also ordered to ensure the security of residential areas, banks and financial institutions, gold shops, among others, during the Eid holidays.
He also directed conducting countrywide special operations for preventing drug smuggling, circulation of counterfeit money and human trafficking as well as to recover illegal weapons.
The IGP instructed to ensure security of important mega projects and increase security at foreign diplomatic missions and establishments and foreign citizens.
During distribution of Zakat, IGP Patwary instructed police to take adequate security measures to avoid any untoward incident.
Dhaka, May 23 (UNB) – The High Court on Thursday issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain as to why the provision of not reexamining answer scripts of public examinations should not be declared illegal.
In the rule, the court also wanted to know why necessary rules should not be formulated for evaluation of answer scripts.
The HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader came up with the rule after hearing a writ petition.
Education and law secretaries, and chairmen and controllers (Exam) of the all education boards were asked to reply to the rule within two weeks.
Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua stood for the writ petitioners while deputy attorney general ABM Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar for the state.
On May 14, Supreme Court lawyers Shikder Mahmudur Raji and Ainun Nahar Siddiqa filed the writ with the High Court seeking its directives to keep the scope for reexamining answer scripts of Secondary School Certificate (SSC), Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent examinations.
Section 81 of the Intermediate and Secondary Education Ordinance, 1961 stipulates, “No answer script of any candidate shall be re-examined, once the results of the examination in which he appeared, has been published. An answer script may only be re-scrutinised, if demanded or prayed for within 30 days from the date of publication of the results under the provision of Rule 78 of these Regulations.”
Raji said they filed the writ seeking scope for reexamining an answer script as it is absent in the existing system.
Dhaka, May 23 (UNB) - Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is going to issue a notice to former Jatiya Party secretary general ABM Ruhul Amin Hawlader asking him to submit his wealth statement in the next week.
ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhatacharjee said a notice will be issued to this effect.
ACC had already summoned Hawlader asking him to appear before the commission on May 14 this year to face interrogation over his alleged accumulation of huge illegal wealth.
He skipped that date, writing to the ACC that he couldn’t attend due to performing Umrah.
Hawlader also skipped the interrogation of ACC on May 4 as the High Court stayed the notice of ACC.
On April 16, 2014, the ACC initiated an inquiry into alleged illegal wealth accumulation by Ruhul Amin Hawlader after it took cognisance of the unusual increase in his wealth, which was evident from the statement he submitted to the Election Commission (EC) along with his electoral affidavit.
According to ACC, Hawlader’s business firm — KR Fashion — secured allocation of a huge tract of land near Kuakata sea beach in Patuakhali using political influence.
Apart from the KR Fashion land, Ruhul allegedly grabbed further government lands in the Kuakata beach area.
The HM Ershad-led Jatiya Party's MP had disclosed assets of Tk 17. 64 million in the affidavit submitted for contesting the 2008 national election. But that increased to Tk 66.6 million in the affidavit submitted in 2014.
Hawlader was elected from Patuakhali-1 constituency in the 9th parliament.