Dhaka, Mar 10 (UNB) – A writ was filed with the High Court challenging the legality of the government’s decision to change the main design of the Uttara Gonobhaban in Natore.
Advocate Farzana Sharmin Putul and also a resident of Natore district filed the petition seeking stay on the initiative of building a new structure in the area and sought the court’s directive to announce Uttara Gonobhaban as a historical structure.
The writ also sought removal of the signboard with project details hanging in the area.
The writ will likely to be placed before the HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader on Monday for hearing on the plea, said the petitioner.
Secretaries to the ministry of Public Works and Tourism Ministries, Director General of Archeological Department, deputy commissioner of Natore district and official concerned were made respondent.
On March 7, a report title ‘Uttara Gonobhaban: Axe on Heritage’ was published at a Bangla daily newspaper.
The report said that the local administration has taken an initiative to build a new structure in and around the Uttara Gonobhaban premises in the name of turning it an attractive place for tourists, involving Tk 65 crore.
The project includes a 3D-Cineplex at a cost of Tk 54 lakh.
Uttara Gonobhaban was originally known as Dighapatia Rajbari, the residence of the Maharajas of Dighapatia built by Dayaram Roy, the Dighapatia raj in 18th century (1734).
On July 24 in 1967, the Dighapatia Palace was made Dighapatia Governor House by the governor of erstwhile East Pakistan.
After the independence, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, on February 9, 1972, declared the palace as Uttara Gonobhaban, the official residence of head of government of Bangladesh in northern region.
Since then, two inaugural nameplates engraving the names of Monem Khan and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman were attached to two sides of the gate.
Dhaka, Mar 7 (UNB) – The High Court on Thursday directed the authorities concerned to submit a list of Intensive Care Unit(ICU) and Coronary Care Unit(CCU) of country’s government and private hospitals.
The HC also asked them to mention in the report the amount of money, the number of manpower and specialists required to establish an ICU and a CCU unit.
Secretary to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Director General of Directorate General of Health Service have been asked to submit the report within April 24.
The bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul Alam passed the order after hearing on a progress report submitted by the Health Ministry following a writ in this regard.
Lawyer Dr. Bashir Ahmed stood for the petitioner and Deputy Attorney General Motahar Hossain Saju for the state.
Earlier on February 19, The High Court directed for submitting a progress report on fixing fees of health tests at private hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres and hanging the price lists publicly and establishing CCUs and ICUs at the district level within March 5.
On July 24 last year, the court directed the authorities concerned for fixing fees of medical tests at private hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres and hanging the charge list in public and establishing CCUs and ICUs at the district level.
The court asked for taking the help of mobile court in this regard if necessary and forming a policy as per the Medical Practice and Private Clinics and Laboratories (Regulation) Ordinance, 1982 and form a body with specialists within 60 days for its implementation.
Faridpur, Mar 6 (UNB) - A court here on Thursday sentenced three young men to life terms in prison for killing a woman who obstructed their attempt to rape her daughter-in-law at Ichhapur village in Jashore district Sadar upazila in 2013.
Judge MA Rab of Khulna Speedy Trial Tribunal also fined each TK 10,000, and by default, two more years to suffer in jail. The court acquitted another accused from the allegation.
The convicts are Md Saidul Islam, 26, son of Monser Ali, Md Jahid, 26, son of Abdur Razzak and Md Kuddus son of Shahid Mollah of the same village.
According to the prosecution, on the night of February 23, 2013, the three culprits forcibly entered Liton’s house in the area and tried to violate his newly wed wife while Liton was out of the house. Hearing the hue and cry of her daughter-in-law, the woman Lipi Begum appeared in the scene and tried to save her, creating a scuffle there.
At one stage of the scuffle, the convicts indiscriminately stabbed Lipi Begum, leaving her dead on the spot.
Later on the following day, Liton filed a case with Kotwali Police Station accusing Saidul and Jahidul and two others unnamed.
On May 27, 2015, investigation officer of the case sub-inspector Md Masum Billah submitted a chargesheet accusing the three.
After taking evidence from the witnesses, the court gave the verdict in the afternoon in presence of the convicts.
Dhaka, Mar 6 (UNB) - A seven-member delegation from the office of the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor arrived here on Wednesday for an initial probe into alleged atrocities committed against Rohingyas by the Myanmar military.
“They’ll be staying in Dhaka for two days before going to Cox’s Bazar,” an official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told UNB.
The ICC delegation members will have meetings with Law Minister Anisul Huq, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam and Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque in the city.
These meetings are likely to take place on Thursday, said an official adding that they will also have meetings with representatives of the international organisations.
Earlier, the ICC wanted to know Bangladesh's opinion on whether The Hague-based court has jurisdiction to run a case on atrocities against Rohingyas.
The pretrial chamber of the ICC sent a letter to Bangladesh in this regard on May 7, 2018 seeking opinion on three specific matters by June 11, either publicly or confidentially.
Bangladesh responded to the request of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Rohingya issue, as the country is seeking a “sustainable solution” to the crisis.
Dhaka, Mar 6 (UNB) – The High Court on Wednesday said the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) must shoulder the responsibility for not taking any step to secure bail for innocent Jaha Alam after the matter of wrongly implicating him in many cases came to the fore.
“The Commission should have at least managed bail for Jaha Alam when it came to know that he’s innocent. But your lawyers didn’t do it. Why did your prosecution not manage bail for him although he repeatedly said he’s not Abu Salek but Jaha Alam? You (ACC) must take the responsibility for it,” it said.
The bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader came up with the observations when the ACC lawyer submitted documents of the cases in the form of affidavits.
The court also sought more detailed documents of 33 cases filed against Jaha Alam along with bank statements as affidavits within April 10.
Jaha Alam served three years in jail in place of the real accused in the corruption cases. He was freed from jail on February 4 last after the High Court acquitted him in 26 of the cases where charge-sheets were filed.
On Tuesday, the ACC told the court that it is not responsible for the sufferings of Jaha Alam as the cases against him were filed based on an investigation report and supporting documents provided by the Bangladesh Bank and Sonali Bank.
Jaha Alam, a jute mill worker, had languished in jail since February 2016 in 33 corruption cases in place of the real accused. He was arrested in cases filed by the ACC for misappropriating huge Sonali Bank money while the real accused, Abu Salek, is roaming around free.
Jaha Alam was released from Kashimpur Central Jail-2 in Gazipur on February 4 following a suo moto order of High Court.
The HC had passed the suo moto order following a newspaper report headlined 'Wrong accused in jail in 33 cases: Sir I'm Jaha Alam, not Salek' while the HC also asked the ACC to submit the case documents in the form of affidavits.
The report said Jaha Alam had been serving in jail in place of real accused Abu Salek in 33 cases of embezzling Tk 18 crore from Sonali Bank.