The High Court on Monday ordered the authorities concerned to conduct a judicial inquiry into the allegation brought against police for torturing college student Imran Hosain.
The court also asked the Jashore District and Sessions Judge to conduct the inquiry by an official not below the rank of district and session judge and submit the report within 60 days.
The virtual bench of Justice JBM Hasan passed the order after hearing a writ petition.
Barrister Humayun Kabir Pallab stood for the petitioner while deputy attorney general Samrendra Nath Biswas represented the state.
Barrister Humayun said earlier, a report from police said Imran was addicted to drugs.
On June 28, the HC asked the Jashore District Civil Surgeon to conduct a dope test of Imran. Later, the report from the civil surgeon said Imran was not addicted, he said.
As the two reports were contradictory, the HC ordered judicial inquiry into the matter.
Two lawyers, including Barrister Humayun filed a petition with the High Court seeking directive over judicial inquiry, compensation and bear the expenses of the medical treatment of Imran, whose kidney was damaged during torture by police.
According to the writ petition, Imran Hossain, son of Nesar Ali of Shahbazpur village in Sadar upazila of Jashore district has brutally been tortured by a policeman at Sajiali Police camp.
On June 9, a report on the incident was published at a daily newspaper.
Currently, Imran is undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Jashore and undergoing kidney dialysis since June 7 which is a sheer violence of the human rights of Imran.
On June 23, the High Court sought two reports from Jashore Civil Surgeon and superintendent of police which was submitted on June 28.
According to the report from Civil Surgeon, it is said that the kidney function of Imran is normal and he is physically fit while the report of police said Imran is a drug addict and they did not get any bruise on the body of Imran.
Besides, another report said three policemen took money illegally from Imran and released him.
The High Court on Monday issued five directives asking the authorities concerned to look into allegations that some hospitals were turning away patients without providing them any treatment.
The bench of Justice Enayetur Rahim issued the directives and asked the health secretary and director general of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) to submit a report within July 21 after hearing six separate writ petitions.
The other directives include providing treatment to patients suffering from different disease including cancer and continuing their treatment if they have symptoms like coronavirus within 36/48 hours, fixing the price of oxygen within 10 working days, launching an online system for filing complaint over refusal of medical treatment at DGHS and filing complaint at Anti-Corruption Commission after getting abnormal bill from private hospitals for ICU facilities.
Barrister Anik R Haque, Advocate Yeadia Zaman, Barrister Mahfuzur Rahman Milon, Advocate Jamiul Haque Foysal and Barrister Ehsanur Rahman stood for the petitioners while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represented the state.
On June 15, the HC issued 11 directives with observation saying if any hospital refused to deal with any patient and if he/she died in the meantime, it will be considered as ‘death due to negligence’ and a criminal offence.
Later, a petition was filed with the Appellate Division seeking a stay order on the 11 directives issued by the court.
On June 16, the Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division stayed seven directives and upheld three directives issued by the High Court.
Meanwhile, the health department submitted a report before the court saying no allegation has been found against any hospital refusing any patient without providing medical services and necessary action will be taken if allegations raised against hospitals are found to be true.
Besides, the authorities concerned have launched a monitoring system to prevent charging Covid-19 patients taking treatment at ICUs extra while an order has been given to fix the price of oxygen.
A supplementary writ petition was filed seeking action against the directors of four private hospitals in Dhaka and Chattogram for refusing to admit patients and demanding additional charges from patients on Sunday.
Advocate Yadia Zaman, on behalf of Helal Uddin, son of Mohamamd Hossain, who died following negligence, in Chattogram filed the petition.
A total of 4,960 people secured bail after their petitions were heard by virtual courts across the country in three days from June 28 to July 2.
Hearing on 10,866 bail petitions were held virtually during the period, said Md Saifur Rahman, special officer of Bangladesh Supreme Court on Friday.
Court operation remained suspended since March 26 but trial proceedings through videoconference began on May 11 during the general holidays to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
A total of 49,750 accused, including 608 children, secured bail from virtual courts since May 11 while the courts heard 95,523 bail petitions.
Earlier on May 10, the High Court formed three benches for hearing urgent cases virtually and directed the subordinate courts concerned to hear cases related to emergency bail.
An ordinance was promulgated that day allowing courts to run trial proceedings through videoconference and other digital facilities. President Abdul Hamid promulgated the ordinance.
Later, the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs issued a gazette notification, saying that it will take immediate effect.
The Cabinet on May 7 cleared the draft of an ordinance to pave the way for courts to run trial proceedings through videoconference and other digital means.
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The High Court (HC) on Thursday published the complete order directing the government to nationalize jobs of 47,000 personnel village police across the country.
The HC also directed to pay Mohalladars and Dofadars of the village police under 20th and 19th grades respectively of the national pay scale announced in 2009.
The 18-page written copy was published on the Supreme Court website asking the authorities to provide the benefit to the village police since June 2 of 2011.
Appointments of village police who were appointed after June 2, 2011 without following the ‘Local government staff job policy 2011’, will be cancelled, the order said.
A bench of Justice Md Ashraful Kamal and Justice Rajik Al Jalil passed the order last year on December 15, 17 after hearing a rule.
The HC issued the rule on December 3, 2017 after a total of 355 Mohalladars and Dofadars of different unions filed a writ petition in this regard.
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Dwasa) to collect additional water tariff from its customers.
Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division, Justice Md Nuruzzaman passed the order that put a stay of 16 weeks on a High Court order directing the utility to refrain from collecting increased water tariff until Aug 10.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam stood for WASA while Barrister Anik R Haque stood for the petitioner.
In light of the SC’s ruling, the WASA has no barrier to collect extra 25 percent tariff from its customers, said Advocate Tanvir Ahmed.
Earlier, on June 22, the HC issued an order, restricting Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Dwasa) from collecting increased water tariff until Aug 10.
Wasa's 25 percent hiked tariff has been in effect since April 1.
Justice M Enayetur Rahim's issued the embargo after holding a virtual hearing on a writ petition.
On June 15, Advocate Tanvir Ahmed filed a writ petition challenging Wasa's decision to hike tariff without improving its services.
On April 1, Wasa increased the 25 percent water tariff for residential users and 8 percent for commercial users.
With the application of the new tariff, a thousand liters of water would cost a residential customer Tk 14.46 taka, rising a shade under Tk 3 from the present Tk 11.57. The same amount for commercial users would, with its new tariff, cost Tk 40 from the existing Tk 37.4 for commercial users.