Dhaka, Feb 20 (UNB) – A court here on Wednesday deferred the charge framing hearing in Niko Graft case against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and 10 others as she could not be produced before the court as she was reportedly asleep.
Judge Sheikh Hafizur Rahman of Dhaka Special Judge Court-9 fixed March 3 for next hearing.
When the judge entered the courtroom, Khaleda’s lawyer Masud Ahmed Talukder told the court that she did not appear before it for her sickness.
Then, the judge asked jail authorities where is Khaleda Zia now?
In reply, the representative of the jail authorities said it was not possible to produce Khaleda Zia before the court as she was sleeping.
However, Khaleda’s lawyer Masud Talukder said, “Khaleda Zia is sick. She couldn’t wake up for her illness.”
He also alleged that there is negligence in Khaleda Zia’s treatment.
Anti-Corruption Commission lawyer Mosharraf Hossain Kajol, said, “Khaleda Zia is an honourable woman. She’ll be provided with treatment as per the jail code.”
On February 4, the court set February 20 (today) for the hearing on charge-framing against 11 people, including BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, in the case.
On December 9, 2007, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the case accusing Khaleda and others of causing a loss of Tk 137.77 billion to the Sate by signing an oil-gas exploration deal with Canadian company Niko when the BNP was in office.
Police submitted a charge-sheet against the accused on May 5, 2008.
The others accused in the case are BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed, former state minister for energy AKM Mosharraf Hossain, former principal secretary Kamal Uddin Siddique, Khandaker Shahidul Islam, CM Yusuf Hossain, former Bapex general manager Mir Mainul Haq, its former secretary Shafiur Rahman, Giasuddin Al Mamun, former MP MAH Selim and former vice-president of South-Asia affairs Niko Kashem Sharif.
Dhaka, Feb 20 (UNB) – Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain on Wednesday underscored the need for allowing journalists to be at the courtroom for transparency of the judiciary.
He came up with the remark after inaugurating the office of Law Reporters’ Forum (LRF) at the Supreme Court Bar Association Bhaban.
Sharing his experience gathered in a seminar on journalism on court premises in Turkey, the Chief Justice said, “…there was a topic on allowing journalists at courtroom for transparency of the judiciary. So, it’s now internationally established that the entry of journalists into courtroom and court premises will have to be ensured.”
Pointing to LRF members, the CJ said, “I’m so pleased to see that you’ve got a place to sit in.”
The Chief Justice also unveiled the cover of the annual publication of the forum.
Dhaka, Feb 19 (UNB) – The High Court on Tuesday 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.
A bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul Alam passed the order after hearing an appeal filed by the writ petitioner.
The court also asked the Health Secretary to mention in the report the progress on formulating a policy for running private hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres.
The court set March 7 for the next hearing in this regard.
Lawyer of the petitioner Barrister Dr Bashir Ahmed said on July 24 last year, the court directed for fixing fees of health 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 had 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.
On August 1 last, the Directorate General of Health Services formed a five-member committee for formation of the policy but the committee failed to inform the court of any progress.
Dhaka, Feb 19 (UNB) – The High Court on Tuesday ordered confiscation of all the copies of the book, ‘Bangladesh Banker Itihash’, from the market and the ongoing Ekushey Book Fair for the distortion of history.
The HC bench of Justice Md Ashfaqul Islam and Justice Mohammad Ali also summoned the editor of the editorial panel, Shubhankar Saha, to appear before the court on March 12 to explain in person why the picture of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, founder of the Bangladesh Bank, is absent in the book, and distortion of the history.
The court orders came after the probe panel constituted following the HC directives submitted its report mentioning that it found the evidence of the distortion of history in the book published by the Bangladesh Bank.
Barrister ABM Altaf Hossain stood for the writ petitioner while Advocate Zubair Rahman argued for Shubhankar and deputy attorney general Al Amin Sarkar represented the state.
Altaf Hossain said the court asked the Bangladesh Bank governor to take steps to recall all the copies of the book from the market.
Earlier in the day, Al Amin Sarkar placed the probe report before the court.
In the report, it was mentioned that the statement of the committee concerned that they could not place any photo of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the book as they did not find any relevant one is not acceptable.
The probe committee also found distortion of history in the book.
The report said the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu had named the central bank as ‘Bangladesh Bank’ which was established in 1972. But his photo was absent in the book ‘Bangladesh Banker Itihash’.
Citing the editorial panel, the report said the publication of the photos of then Pakistan President Ayub Khan and East Pakistan Governor Monem Khan in the book was a wrong decision.
After the submission of the report, Shubhankar’s lawyer confessed that a mistake had been committed and apologised verbally.
‘Bangladesh Banker Itihash’ was published in December 2017. The absence of the image of Bangabandhu in the book drew huge flak.
On October 2, 2018, chairman of the Bangladesh Human Rights Commission Mohamamd Iktedar Ahmed filed a writ petition with the High Court over the issue.
The HC on that day issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the distortion of history in the book and the absence of the image of the Bangabandhu should not be declared illegal.
Dhaka, Feb 18 (UNB) – The probe panel formed following the directives of the High Court has found evidence of distortion of the Liberation War history in the book ‘History of Bangladesh Bank’ published by the Bangladesh Bank in December 2017.
The report of the probe body was submitted before the HC bench of Justice Md Ashfaqul Islam and Justice Mohammad Ali on Monday.
The report said the history of the Liberation War has been distorted by not attaching the picture of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the book.
Earlier on October 2 last year, the High Court asked the Finance Division Secretary to investigate the absence of Bangabandhu’s photo and distortion of the Liberation War history in the book ‘History of Bangladesh Bank’ and submit a report to his end.
The HC passed the order following a writ petition filed by Bangladesh Human Rights Commission Chairman Iktedar Ahmed.
The court also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the distortion of the Liberation War history and the absence of the photo of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the book should not be declared illegal.
Bangladesh Bank published a book ‘History of Bangladesh Bank’ in December 2017 in which there is no existence of the photo of Bangabandhu and it also reportedly distorted the history of the Liberation War, including the ‘7th March Speech’.