Feni, Apr 20 (UNB) – Awami League leader Ruhul Amin was placed on a five-day remand on Saturday for his alleged involvement in the murder of madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi.
Senior Judicial Magistrate Shoraf Uddin Ahmed passed the order after Police Bureau of Investigation produced him before the court.
Amin is the chief of the ruling party’s Sonagazi Upazila unit and the vice-president of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa’s governing committee. Nusrat was a student of the madrasa.
Police detained him from his house on Friday afternoon and showed him arrested in the murder case.
Nusrat was set on fire on April 6, allegedly for refusing to withdraw a sexual harassment case against madrasa principal Sirajuddoula.
She died five days later at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Dhaka, Apr 18 (UNB) – The Appellate Division on Thursday disposed a petition filed by the state seeking stay on a High Court order that had granted bail to 14 BNP leaders including its Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
An Appellate Division bench led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order.
The full verdict including observations of the bench will be coming out later.
Khandakar Mahbub Hossain, appearing as chief legal counsel on behalf of the BNP leaders, said through this disposal of the petition, the bail orders in favour of the BNP leaders against which the petition sought the stay will come into force as well.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said everything around the case will be clearer after getting the complete verdict.
The BNP leaders secured bail in October last year in two cases filed with Hatirjheel and Khilgaon Police Stations.
Dhaka, Apr 18 (UNB) – A court here on Thursday ordered freezing three bank accounts of BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman and his wife Dr Zubaida Rahman with a UK bank.
Judge of the Dhaka Metropolitan Senior Special Sessions’ Judge Court KM Imrul Kayes passed the order following a permission case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), said ACC prosecutor Mahmud Hossain Jahangir.
All the three accounts are with Standard Bank UK.
According to the permission case, the ACC had formed an inquiry committee while investigating Tarique’s investment aboard after siphoning off money.
The transfer of 59341.93 Pounds from White and Blue Consultant Limited to three accounts of Tarique and Zubaida remained halted at the order of FIU, UK, it said.
If any step is not taken immediately, this amount can be shifted elsewhere, the case statement said, urging the court to order freezing the accounts.
Jahangir said the court order will be sent to the British Attorney General office through the Home Ministry. “The British Attorney General office will make the order effective sending it to the bank concerned.”
Dhaka, Apr 18 (UNB)- The High Court on Thursday issued a restriction on recruitment for the Zoology department of Chittagong University (CU), but at the same time directed to dispose of the application of lecturer candidate Emdadul Haque within two weeks.
A bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader passed the order after hearing a writ petition filed by Emdadul Haque.
The court also directed to scrap the previous viva examination from the record, and holding a fresh one for recruiting a lecturer in the department.
Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua stood for the writ petitioner while Deputy Attorney General Abdullah Al Mahmud represented the state.
Jyotirmoy Barua said Emdadul Haque had gone to CU for his viva examination on March 27, when a group of students physically assaulted and abducted him for some hours, that coincided with the duration of the viva. Then they beat him up further before branding him a Shibir man and handing him to police.
The circumstances of the attack carried a strong suggestion that it was designed to prevent him appearing for the viva, and thereby to gut his candidacy, as his stellar academic credentials – he had graduated at the top of his class at both Honour’s and Master’s level, from the very same department (Zoology at CU) he was applying to now for a job- made Emdadul a virtual shoo-in to land the position.
On March 30, Emdadul wrote to the Vice-Chancellor of CU relaying his ordeal and requesting a fresh viva towards recruitment of a lecturer for the Zoology department, but the university authorities never replied, he said.
In comments to the media, the university authorities had previously suggested reorganising any stage of the recruitment process was out of the question. Emdad, according to them, would have to wait till another vacancy came up to apply once again.
The court also expressed its aggravation over the deteriorating atmosphere in educational institutes.
Cumilla, Apr 18 (UNB) – A court here on Thursday granted bail to day-labourer Abdul Matin of Muradnagar upazila who was arrested for not paying an outstanding electricity bill although he has no power connection in his house.
Chief Judicial Magistrate Sohel Rana passed the order after Advocate M Sanaullah, district project officer of Bangladesh Legal and Services Trust (BLAST), prayed for his bail.
Matin, a day-labourer of Mochagorah village in Muradnagar, was arrested on Tuesday night and subsequently sent to jail in a case filed for not paying outstanding electricity bill although there is no electricity in his house.
Meanwhile, Cumilla Palli Bidyut Samity-1 formed a two-member committee to investigate the incident. The committee was asked to submit its report within 48 hours.
Talking to reporters after securing the bail, Matin said, “We’re poor people. We light kerosene lamps. We never lit electric lamps. We didn’t get power connections although we bribed Azad Miah and Badshah.”
He also demanded trial of those harassed him.
Palli Bidyut Debidwar zonal office deputy general manager and chief of the probe committee Mrinal Kanti Chowdhury said the metre against the name of Abdul Matin was instated at the house of Safiqul Islam, quarter km away from that of Matin. “However, Safiqul neither informed the office of it nor paid the bill. Abdul Matin also did not pay heed to this even after receiving the notice as he has no connection.”
Locals said 256 families of Dakkhinpara of Mochagorah village applied for electricity connections four years ago.
They alleged that brokers Abdul Kalam Azad and Abul Bashar took Tk 10,000-15,000 from each family. Authorities also approved the application of Matin, son of late Ahid Ali.
However, the connection was given to Safiqul replacing Matin’s photograph with that of Safiqul on the application form as Matin paid only Tk 4,000 and failed to pay the rest.
Safiqul did not pay the electricity bill of Tk 7,400 for 17 months. Later, a case was filed in this regard and police arrested Matin on Tuesday night.