A court here on Tuesday convicted three people and sentenced them to life term imprisonment for killing a man in 2015.
The convicts are identified as Rabiul Islam, son of Mohiuddin Mia, Golam Sarwar alias Saru, 45, son of Joynal Abedin and Anisuzzaman alias Anis, 57, son of Rabiul Islam of Kulbaria village in Jhenaidah district. Of them, Rabiul tried in absentia.
The court also fined them Tk 50,000 each, in default, to suffer one year more in rigorous imprisonment.
According to the prosecution, police recovered the body of an unidentified man from a water body near Kushtia-Jhenaidah highway at Shantidanga in Kushtia on October 15, 2015.
A case was filed in this connection with Islamic University Police Station.
After investigation, police came to know that Habil Bepary, a peanut trader of Jamalpur district, was strangulated to death by the convicts over previous enmity.
Police submitted chargesheet against three people on April 27, 2017.
After examining records and witnesses, Kushtia District and Session Judge Arup Kumar Goswami handed down the verdict.
The High Court on Monday declared illegal all sorts of gambling in exchange of money across the country and directed the government to take steps against gambling organisers and gamblers.
The HC bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Md Mahmud Hassan Talukder passed the order following a writ petition seeking an order to stop gambling at 13 clubs, including Dhaka Club, in the city.
The court asked the authorities concerned to bring an amendment to the relevant act to end gambling and make it a time-befitting one after enhancing punishments for gambling.
It also asked law enforcement agencies to seize the equipment used for gambling instantly.
In an observation, the HC said, “The current government is conducting a strong drive against casino business and it appears to us that the purpose of the drive is to discourage gambling and casino. At the same time, punishment should be raised to stop casino business and gambling.”
“In the 1867 act, there’s a scope to take action against gambling outside Dhaka but the penalty under the act is very insignificant — only three months’ jail with a fine of Tk 200. Besides, there’s no scope to take action against any gamblers in Dhaka city,” according to the HC observation.
Barrister Redwan Ahmed Ranjib stood for the petitioner while deputy attorney general Bipul Bagmar represented the state.
Following the court order, no-one from now on will be allowed to play gambling in exchange of money, said Barrister Redwan.
Two lawyers filed a writ petition with the High Court in 2016, challenging the legality of indoor games like gambling, dice and card at 13 clubs (Dhaka Club, Uttara Club, Gulshan Club, Dhanmondi Club, Banani Club, Officers Club Dhaka, Dhaka Ladies Club, Cadet College Club, Chittagong Club, Chittagong Seniors Club, Narayanganj Club, Sylhet Club and Khulna) defying the act.
On December 4, 2016, the High Court issued a rule seeking explanation as to why the authorities concerned will not be directed to take steps against the organizers of indoor games like gambling, dice and card games in exchange of money in the 13 clubs and in the five districts.
The High Court (HC) on Monday upheld a verdict of the subordinate court sentencing five members of Banned militant group Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) to death for murdering a Jhalakathi Public Prosecutor in 2007.
Justice Soumendra Sarker and Justice Shahed Nuruddin ‘s bench passed the order after hearing the appeal filed by the convicts on Sunday while the full verdict was released the following day.
The convicts are – Bellal Hossain, Abu Shahadat Md Tanvir alias Mehedi hasan, Murad Hossain, Sagir Hossain and Amir Hossain.
Bellal is on the run.
Advocate SM Shahjahan and Md Kamal stood for the convicts while Deputy Attorney General Bashir Ahmed represented the state.
The JMB men shot dead public prosecutor Haidar Hossain on April 11, 2007.
On February 12, 2015, a Jhalakathi court sentenced the five men to death. Later, the convicts moved the High Court challenging the verdict.
A court here on Sunday granted bail to BNP standing committee member Barrister Moudud Ahmed in a sedition case.
Narail district and sessions judge Nilufer Yeasmin granted his bail on TK 10,000 bond after hearing of a bail petition filed by Moudud.
The sedition case was filed against three people including Daily Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman and Moudud Ahmed on December 12, 2017.
Police submitted chargesheet in the case on April, 29, 2019.
When the court issued arrest warrant against the accused, Moudud filed a bail petition with the High Court on January 27 this year.
The HC asked him to file the petition with the district court.
According to the case statement, Mahmudur Rahman at a programme at the Jatiya Press Club in the capital on December 1, 2017, claimed that Bangladesh is not an independent country as it has no sovereignty although it has land and population.
"Bangladesh is now 'a colony of India'. According to Political Science, Bangladesh can't be considered as a state. Sheikh Mujib had killed country's democracy and independence of mass media and buried it," he had said, according to the statement.
He also demanded that the mural of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman should not be on the premise of the Jatiya Press Club and claimed that the current government is illegal.
Moudud, who was present in the meeting did not protest the speech, rather he 'supported' and 'encouraged' by clapping.