The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) on Wednesday sentenced war criminal Tipu Sultan to death for crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971.
The three-member tribunal, led by Justice Md Shahinur Islam, pronounced the verdict.
Abdus Sattar alias Tipu Razakar alias Tipu Sultan is a resident of Boalia upazila in Rajshahi.
Advocate Mokhlesur Rahman Badal was the prosecutor while Advocate Gazi MH Tamim represented the war criminal.
Badal said the prosecution is satisfied with the verdict but Tamim said they would challenge the court’s decision.
Earlier on Tuesday, the ICT set Wednesday to pronounce the verdict. On October 17, 2018, the ICT kept the verdict pending.
On August 8 the same year, the ICT pressed charges against Tipu Sultan. He was accused of killing 10 people, torturing 11 others and looting valuables in Talaimari area of the upazila during the Liberation War.
The investigation team also found his involvement with ‘Islami Chhatra Songho’ and ‘Islami Chhatra Shibir’, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, said chief of the ICT investigation team Abdul Hannan Khan.
On January 1, 2018, Motihar police arrested Tipu Sultan in an Explosive Substance Act case. He was later shown arrested in the war crimes case.
The High Court on Tuesday ordered Md Awlad Hossain who has been receiving fake arrest warrants to appear before court or the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to present him before court on January 15.
The court also ordered the CID to find the culprits behind sending the fake arrest warrants.
The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mustafizur Rahman passed the order with a rule.
Besides, the High Court has directed the Sherpur court to grant Awlad Hossain bail after examining the warrant. He has also been ordered to be released from Sherpur jail on bail.
Senior lawyer Zainul Abedin and Emadul Haque Bashir stood for the petitioner while deputy attorney general Amit Talukdar represented the state.
Confirming the court order, Zainul Abedin said Awlad Hossain will come by himself within January 15 if he is released but he needs to be presented at court if he is in jail.
Son of Nur Mohammad hailing from Taksur village of Mirzanagar area in Ashulia, Md Awlad Hossain was employed as a programme officer in the agriculture department of Gonoshasthaya Kendra. He has been shown arrested due to a warrant issued from Cox’s Bazaar.
Currently he is in jail in a case filed in Sherpur after warrants were issued against him at Cox’s Bazaar, Rajshahi and Bagerhat.
His lawyer claims that these arrest warrants were forged. That is why Awlad Hossain’s wife filed a writ so he can be presented at the High Court to ensure he was not detained illegally.
According to Emadul Haque Bashir, Awlad was first arrested from Ashulia by police on October 30. His bail prayer was made when he was produced before a Dhaka court on that day. The court ordered his documents to be sent to Cox’s Bazaar court. When the documents reached Cox’s Bazaar, Awlad’s bail application was made.
In this context, the Cox’s Bazaar court said there was no accused called Awlad in that case and the arrest warrant was not issued from that court. It ordered his release.
When the release order reached Dhaka jail, the jail authorities said there was a case filed against the accused at Rajshahi and he will be sent there. When a bail prayer was made at the Rajshahi court, the court said there was no accused called Awlad in that case and it did not issue the arrest warrant in his name.
When it was told to release him, the jail authorities informed that there was a case filed in his name at Bagerhat. Consequently, Awlad Hossain was sent there.
The High Court on Tuesday summoned the Upazila Nirbahi Officer and officer-in-charges of Sakhipur in Tangail to explain the alleged threat issued to a writ petitioner.
An HC bench comprising Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader passed the order after hearing a petition filed over the lease of a government pond.
Topu Gopal Ghosh who stood for the petitioner said the pond was awarded to the second highest bidder. Later, the highest bidder filed the writ petition.
The UNO and the OC allegedly threatened the writ petitioner for filing the writ and they refused to give information in this regard.
The court also issued a status quo on the lease of the pond.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Tuesday pressed charges against 11 people, including former Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, in a case filed for reportedly misappropriating Tk 4 crore.
ACC Deputy Director Benjir Ahmed submitted a charge-sheet before the court of Dhaka Senior Special Judge KM Imrul Kayes.
On December 4, the ACC approved the charge-sheet against the accused.
The 10 other charge-sheeted accused in the case are Gazi Salahuddin, senior executive vice president and former head of credit division, Swapan Kumar Roy, first vice president (Credit division), Shafiuddin Askari Ahmed and Md Lutful Haque, first vice presidents of the Gulshan Corporate Branch of the Farmers Bank, M Mahbubul Haque Chisti, entrepreneur director and chairman of Audit Committee of the Farmers Bank, and Mohammad Shahjahan, Niranjan Chandra Saha, Santri Roy Simi and Ranjit Chandra Saha.
Besides, Md Zia Uddin Ahmed, senior vice president and former branch manager of Gulshan Corporate Branch of the Farmers Bank, was also relieved of charges as he died during the investigation.
On July 10 last, the ACC filed the case accusing the former chief justice and 10 others of accumulating illegal wealth and laundering Tk 4 crore.
On September 25 last year, the anti-graft body summoned five officials of the Farmers Bank Ltd for interrogation over the deposit of Tk 4 crore in SK Sinha’s account with the Supreme Court bank of Sonali Bank Ltd.
On May 6, 2018, the ACC interrogated two businessmen – Md Shahjahan and Niranjan Chandra Saha – for allegedly taking Tk 4 crore in loan from the Farmers Bank using fake documents and depositing the money in the bank account of a VVIP.
SK Sinha went on leave on October 2, 2017 and left for Australia on October 13 amid a row over some of his observations in the 16th amendment verdict.
Just before his departure, he had told reporters that he was not sick, contradicting the government’s claim that he went on leave on health grounds.
A day after SK Sinha’s trip to Australia, the Supreme Court issued a statement, saying he was facing 11 charges, including graft, moral turpitude and money laundering.
On November 11, 2017, he resigned from his post of chief justice.
The High Court on Tuesday asked the government to take steps to ensure the use of ‘Joy Bangla’ as the national slogan from December 16 next.
The HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader came up with the order after the hearing of a writ petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer Bashir Ahmed.
The court also fixed January 14 for the next hearing.
Deputy attorney general Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar said ‘Joy Bangla’ slogan has to be used at the beginning and end of any state programme.
Lawyer Yusuf Hossain Humayun stood for the petitioner while attorney general Mahbubey Alam and deputy attorney general Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar stood for the state.
Barrister Shafique Ahmed, Abdul Matin Khasru and Supreme Court Ainjibi president A M Amin Uddin were also present during the hearing.
The lawyers who stood for the petitioner said “Joy Bangla” was the main slogan during the Liberation War in 1971. Even, some poets, litterateurs and intellectuals of the then West Pakistan who had supported the Liberation War of Bangladesh used to chant slogan “Joy Bangla”, they said.
The freedom fighters embraced death chanting “Joy Bangla” slogan after being captured by Pakistan occupation forces.
The writ was filed on December 4, 2017.
Following the writ, an HC bench of Justice Kazi Reza-u-l Haque and Justice Mohammad Ullah issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why “Joy Bangla” should not be declared as the national slogan.