Dhaka, Aug 9 (UNB) – The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Thursday fixed Sunday for delivering order on a petition filed by the state seeking stay on the High Court order granting six months bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in an arson case filed under the Special Powers Act in Cumilla.
A four-member Appellate Division bench, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, fixed the date after the hearing on the petition.
Attorney General MahbubeyAlam stood for the state while Advocate AJ Mohammad Ali represented Khaleda.
Earlier on Monday, the High Court granted a 6-month bail to the BNP Chairperson following a bail petition in the arson case.
Later, the government filed a petition seeking a stay on the HC order on the following day.
Earlier on July 23, the HC directed the Cumilla Special Judge Court-1 to dispose of the bail petition filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the case within July 26.
Khaleda's lawyer filed a bail petition with High Court as the Cumilla court rejected the bail petition of Khaleda on July 25.
Eight people were killed and 20 others injured when miscreants hurled a petrol bomb at a bus at Jogmohanpur in Chouddagram of Cumilla district during the BNP-led alliance's movement on February 3, 2015.
Two cases were filed against Khaleda in this connection.
On February 8, Khaleda Zia was sent to jail after a special court sentenced her to five years' rigorous imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
Dhaka, Jul 30 (UNB) – The High Court on Monday directed the owners of ‘Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan’ to provide Tk 5 lakh within a week to each family of the two students who were killed in a road crash at Airport Road on Sunday.
The court also ordered the bus owners to bear all the costs of treatment of the nine students injured in the accident.
The Chairman of the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) was directed to make sure that the HC order is executed.
A bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul Alam passed the order after hearing a writ petition filed by Barrister Ruhul Kuddus Kajal in the form of public interest litigation.
The court also issued a rule seeking explanation as to why directives should not be given to provide Tk 2 crore to each family as compensation and ensure people’s safety in public transports through strictly implementing the traffic rules.
Secretaries to Home, and Road Transport and Bridges ministries, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner, its Additional Commissioner (Traffic), Bangladesh Road Transport Authority and Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan authorities were asked to respond to the rule.
Besides, the BRTA chairman was asked to submit a report within August 12 on what steps they have taken to ensure security of commuters on roads and on the basis of what drivers of public transports are given driving licences.
Earlier on Sunday, two students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin School and College -- Diya Khanam Mim and Abdul Karim Rajib -- were killed as a Kabal-e-Noor Paribahan bus ploughed through some students in front of Kurmitola General Hospital at Airport Road.
A case was filed on Sunday night over the incident and members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two drivers and two helpers of three buses from different parts of the capital on Monday.
Dhaka, Jul 25 (UNB) – International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) sent the central assistant secretary of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, Hamidur Rahaman Azad, to jail after he surrendered before it on Wednesday.
A three-member bench led by Judge Md Shahinur Islam passed the order after rejecting his bail application.
Earlier on June 9 in 2013, ICT sentenced Hamidur Rahaman for three months jail on charge of contempt of court as he delivered speech criticizing the ICT and its judgments during a public rally at Shapla Chattar in the capital on February 4 of the same year.
Hamidur remained absconding since then.
Advocate Abdus Subhan Tarafdar and Abdus Sattar Palowan were on the side of Hamidur while Advocate Ziad Al Malum stood as prosecutor.
Hamidur Rahman Azad was elected to Parliament in 2008 from Cox's Bazar-2 as a Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami candidate.
He served in the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Water Resources.
Dhaka, Jul 26 (UNB) – Noting that the country is riddled with 38 lakh pending cases, Law Minister Annisul Huq on Thursday said the ministry has initiated to form a ‘District Case Coordination Committee’ to expedite the disposals of the cases across the country.
“We are riddled with pile of pending cases. We’ve long been inheriting these. Currently, we have a total of 38 lakh cases pending across the country. We are taking initiative to form a ‘District Case Coordination Committee’ led by District Judge”, he said.
The committee would help in providing witnesses and investigation reports in short time, said the minister while attending a conference of Deputy Commissioners (DC) at the Secretariat.
Such coordination committees would also be comprised of district judges, DCs and Superintendents of Police, said law minister.
“We will inform how to dispose the drug related cases in short time with the existing Narcotics Control Act. We are also thinking of changing the law for quick disposal of the drug related cases,” he said.
Meanwhile, Land Minister Shamsur Rahman Sherif, who also attended the DC conference, said “Within next 6-7 years the process of Digital Land Management will be completed. After that land related complications will be easily resolved.”
Replying a quarry over establishing political offices on government land, the minister said “The political offices will be evicted which are established on government land. The DC’s have been given direction in this regard.”
The three-day annual DC conference began on July 24 at Shapla Hall at Prime Minister's Office.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina attended a view exchange meeting on the first day of the conference.
At least 18 working sessions were held in this year’s conference and ministers, advisors, state-ministers, deputy ministers and senior secretaries of 52 ministries and divisions participated in the conference.
Dhaka, July 26 (UNB) - Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr. Mohammad Javed Patwari on Thursday asked the police members, who are going to join United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti, to discharge their duties with professionalism and devotion.
The IGP gave the directive during a pre-deployment briefing to the Haiti-bound peacekeepers in the conference room of Police Headquarters on Thursday, said assistant inspector general (media) Soheli Ferdous at Police Headquarters.
Mentioning that Bangladesh has a glorious role in UN Peacekeeping Operations, Dr Patwari said the police members must be very devoted in performing their responsibility to keep the dignity and prestige of Bangladesh in the global context.
“You have to continue your efforts to brighten the image of the country. The country’s dignity cannot be damaged in any way,” the IGP said.
The top official of Bangladesh Police said that discipline and ethics should be given most importance while performing duties in peacekeeping missions and in no circumstances discipline can be broken.
“According to the UN mandate, you (peacekeepers) have to give the importance of social values, life and culture of the people as well as to show them respect under the mission area,” he added.
The IGP instructed the police members to carry out their duties by maintaining mutual friendship, brotherhood and sympathy.
Additional IGP M Mohsin Hossain, DIG Barrister Md. Harun Or Rashid and the concerned officials spoke on the occasion.
One hundred and forty members of the Bangladesh Police will join the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti led by its commander Additional SP of Tangail Police Training Centre Mohammad Abdul Mabud.
Bangladesh Police started playing role in the UN peacekeeping mission by joining the Namibia mission in 1989. It has been working with goodwill and professionalism for peace in the world's war-torn and conflict-ridden countries for almost 30 years.
Around 18,102 police members have already worked in the UN peacekeeping missions. So far, 20 policemen have sacrificed their life while performing duties in various missions.