Dhaka, Aug 30 (UNB) – The Supreme Court on Thursday fixed October 1 for hearing two petitions filed by the government seeking stay on the High Court order that granted bail to BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in two defamation cases filed in Dhaka and Narail.
The full bench of the Apex Court will hear the petitions, said Deputy Attorney General Kamrul Ahsan Khan Aslam.
After hearing the petitions, chamber judge of the Appellate Division Justice Hasan Foez Siddique sent the petitions to the full bench for their hearing on October 1.
Earlier on August 19, the government filed two petitions seeking stay on the HC orders that granted bail to Khaleda in the defamation case of Narail on August 13 and that of Dhaka on August 14.
On December 21, 2015, Khaleda Zia at a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh raised questions about the actual number of Liberation War martyrs, saying, “There’re controversies over how many were martyred in the Liberation War. There’re also many books and documents on the controversies.”
Reacting to Khaleda’s remarks, Raihan Farooque Imam of Naragati filed a case with the Cognisance Court on December 24, 2015, in Narail.
Besides, president of pro-Awami League organisation Jananetri Parishad AB Siddique filed another defamation case against Khaleda Zia with a Dhaka court on January 5, 2016.
Natore, Aug 30 (UNB) – A court here on Thursday sent the driver and helper of 'Challenger Paribahan' bus to jail in a case filed over the killing of 15 people in a road accident in Lalpur upazila of the district.
Judicial Magistrate Sultan Mahmud passed the order after sub-inspector of Banpara Highway Police Station Tariqul Islam, also the investigation officer (IO) of the case, produced them before his court seeking a five-day remand.
The court also fixed September 5 for hearing the remand petition.
Earlier, Detective Branch of police handed over driver Shamim Hossain and helper Abdus Salam Kamol to Natore highway police.
At least 15 people were killed and 15 others injured when the Bogura-bound bus of ‘Challenger Paribahan’ from Pabna hit a human-hauler carrying 15 passengers in Lalpur upazila on August 25.
A case was filed against seven people over the fatal road accident.
Cumilla, Aug 30 (UNB) – A court here on Thursday fixed September 12 to hear the bail petition of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a case filed for torching a covered van in Chouddagram upazila in 2015.
Comilla District and Session Judge's Court Judge KM Shamsul Alam passed the order after public prosecutor Mostafizur Rahman filed the time petition.
Earlier on August 20, the court set for Thursday to hear the bail petition.
On January 25 in 2015, a covered van was torched at Haldarpur area in Municipality of Chouddagram upazila.
Later on the next day, Sub-inspector Nuruzzaman Hawladar of Chouddagram Police Station filed a case against BNP chairperson and 32 local BNP leaders in this connection.
Dhaka, Aug 30 (UNB) - Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday interrogated eight more officials of Petrobangla in connection of the mysterious disappearance of a huge stack of coal from Barapukurua Coal Mine.
With these eight, ACC completed interrogation of as many as 32 Petrobangla officials in total in connection of coal disappearance probe.
Earlier on August 13, ACC asked 32 officials of Petrobangla to be present for interrogation at ACC on different dates in phases.
The last phase of the interrogation began at 9 am today at the ACC office in the city, ACC's public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told UNB.
The petrobangla officials who faced the questioning of the ACC on Thursday are -Deputy Managing Director (Coal Handling and Management) Khalilur Rahman, former Managing Director (Finance) Abdul Mannan Patwari and Gopal Chandra Saha, Manager (Accounting) Sarwar Hossain, Manager (Sales and Revenue Collection) Kamrul Hasan, Deputy Manager (Marketing and Customer Services) Mohammad Noman Pradhaniya, former General Manager (Administration) AKM Sirajul Islam and Shariful Alam and Assistant Manager (Security) Al Amin.
ACC Deputy Director Shamsul Alam, who is serving as the investigation officer, quizzed the eight officials.
Barapukuria Coal-fired Thermal Power Plant had to be shut down for the mysterious disappearance of a huge volume of coal from the Barapukuria Coal Mine.
The disappearance of coal came to light on July 22, when a team from the Power Development Board visited the coal mine and found that there was no adequate reserve of coal in the yard of the mine. As per the official investigation, the stock was found to have a shortage of 148,000 tonnes of coal.
A case was filed with Parbatipur Police Station on July 24 against 19 officials. The case was later transferred to the Anti-Corruption Commission for investigation.
Chattogram, Aug 30 (UNB) - Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in a drive arrested a member of banned Islamic outfit Hizb-ut-Tahrir from Kazir Dewri area in the port city on Thursday afternoon.
An elite force team in a drive detained Md Amiruz Zaman Parvez, 39, from a shop in the area, said Mimtanur Rahman, senior assistant director (media) of Rab-7.
The Rab members also recovered leaflets, jihadi books, a laptop and a mobile phone from him.
Earlier, a case was filed against him in Kotwali Police Station for his alleged involvement with the militancy.