Charge framing hearing against Koko deferred
A Dhaka court on 07 April deferred till May 9 the hearing on charge framing against Arafat Rahman Koko, youngest son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, in connection with a tax evasion case. Judge Mohammad Zohurul Haque of the Senior Special Judge's Court passed the order after Koko's lawyer submitted a petition seeking an adjournment of the hearing. In the petition, the lawyer said they had earlier filed a writ petition with the High Court (HC) challenging the legality of the case. The HC after the hearing issued a rule upon the government to explain why the proceedings of the case should not be declared illegal. But the hearing on the rule is now remained pending So, he prayed for an adjournment of the hearing, the lawyers said.-The Daily star online edition 07 April 2011.
SC dismisses Yunus' Plea
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on 05 April dismissed Muhammad Yunus' leave-to-appeal petition filed against a High Court verdict upholding a central bank order that stripped him off his position at Grameen Bank. A seven-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque, started the hearing.
Nobel laureate Dr Yunus and nine board members of the microfinance bank filed the two separate leave-to-appeal petitions on 03 April. They filed the stay petitions after the HC on March 8 rejected two writ petitions challenging Yunus' removal. Yunus was unceremoniously relieved of his duties on March 2 through a BB letter sent to Grameen Bank Chairman Khondoker Muzammel Huq.-The Daily star online edition 05 April 2011.
Nizami, Mojahid to be quizzed at jail
The International Crimes Tribunal on 05 April allowed the investigation agency to interrogate detained Jamaat-e-Islami Jamaat Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami, its Secretary General Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mojahid for a day at Dhaka Central Jail in connection with war crime charges. The Jamaat leaders will be interrogated on separate days from 10:00am to 5:00pm, the tribunal said adding that the investigation agency will fixed the dates. The three-judge panel headed by Justice Nizamul Huq, passed the order following two separate petitions filed by the prosecution on March 22 and 24. The tribunal directed the jail authorities to arrange a room in the Dhaka Central jail for interrogating the Jamaat leaders. - The Daily star online edition 05 April 2011.
CID warned yet again
A Dhaka court warned the investigation officer (IO) of an August 21 grenade attack case for the second time on April 4 for delaying the probe, and asked him to submit the report by April 20. With this, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) got 20 months and 15 days in eight phases for further investigation of the case filed under Explosive Substances Act. The court will not extend the time any more, Judge Mohammad Zohurul Hoque of the Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court told Abdul Kahar Akand, CID's special superintendent of police. The same court on March 1 warned Akand for delaying the investigation. - The Daily star 05 April 2011.
Demolish BGMEA highrise: HC
The High Court has ordered concerned the authorities to demolish the 15-storey BGMEA building on Begunbari-Hatirjheel canal, saying it was built on a land acquired through forgery and earth-filled illegally. In a judgement on April 03 , the court asked the tenants to vacate the building and move their belongings within 90 days from the date of receiving the copy of the verdict. Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, owner of the building, did not take approval of the plan and construction from Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk), said the judgement. BGMEA will appeal to the Supreme Court against the verdict, its lawyer Rokanuddin Mahmud told The Daily Star. Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik and Justice Sheikh Md Zakir Hossain delivered the judgement after hearing a suo moto rule issued by another HC bench on October 3 last year seeking explanation why the BGMEA building should not be demolished. -The Daily star 04 April 2011.
Rokanuddin for CG until better system introduced
The caretaker government system should continue till a “better” system is introduced, barrister Rokanuddin Mahmud told the Supreme Court on April 03. The 13th amendment to the constitution providing for the caretaker government was passed in parliament for protecting democracy and holding free and fair elections, he said. Rokanuddin was placing submission as amicus curiae (friend of court) during the hearing of an appeal against a High Court verdict that declared the 13th amendment valid. A seven-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque heard the appeal for the 8th day yesterday and will resume hearing today.- The Daily star 04 April 2011.
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