Vol. 4 Num 76 Mon. August 11, 2003  
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ETV case
HC dismisses govt attorney's plea

The High Court yesterday turned down the government attorney's plea for dismissing the writs seeking return of the seized equipment and granting of broadcasting licence to the ETV.

"After analogous hearing from the contending parties, we cannot entertain your plea at this stage," the court told the attorney and asked him to come up with arguments.

Additional Attorney General A J Mohammad Ali submitted that the writs are not maintainable as the methods followed by the ETV's two contending chairmen in submitting applications for broadcasting licence do not have any legal bearing.

He said the question of the ETV's chairmanship is yet to be decided by the appropriate civil court and the matter could not come under the writ jurisdiction.

He questioned if the court should interfere in the matter of granting licence when the applications are not in accordance with the law. The licence should be awarded on the basis of merit and compliance with the existing law, he contended.

Earlier, Barrister A Hasib, counsel for Nasir A Chowdhury, contending chairman of the ETV, submitted that Abdus Salam is not the chairman of the ETV.

The meeting of the ETV board of directors held in London at Hotel Holiday Inn where Salam took over as chairman was convened illegally with malafide intention ignoring the company's articles of association, he contended, adding that Salam failed to manage support of the majority of directors.

The inclusive hearing resumes today.