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Issue No: 253
January 21, 2012

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Ex-DMCH director lands in jail for graft
A Dhaka court on January 18 sent former director of Dhaka Medical College Hospital Brig Gen Bazle Quader to jail custody on his surrender before the court in connection with 10 graft cases. Metropolitan Magistrate Kamrunnahar Rumi passed the order after the accused appeared before the court and sought bail in the cases. Syed Tahsinul Haque, an assistant director of the ACC, filed the cases with Shahbagh Police Station on November 16, 2011. In between July 2009 and June 2010, a group of DMCH staff including Bazle Qader purchased 7,409 ampoules of the drug causing a loss of over Tk 1.34 crore to the state coffers, according to the ACC. During that period, seven DMCH staff in collaboration with a Public Works Department official and 10 private drug store owners misappropriated over Tk 6.68 crore, show case documents. -The Daily Star online edition January 18 2012.

HC to make Kuakata beach ideal for tourists
The High Court on January 18 suggested the government to make a master plan to turn Kuakata Sea Beach into an ideal tourist spot. It asked the government to immediately remove all structures from Kuakata sea beach built by any individual or company. The HC bench of Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik and Justice Jahangir Hossain Salim came up with the order after hearing a writ petition field by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB) on June 2 last year. - The Daily Star online edition January 18 2012.

Prime accused freed on bail in Lokman killing
Salauddin Ahmed Bacchu, younger brother of a minister and prime accused in Lokman murder case, was freed on bail along with two others on January 17, although the chief judicial magistrate's court had ordered sending them to jail. Though, the investigating officer of the case produced Salauddin, Amir Hossain Amu and Mamun before the court on completion of their one-day remand but when lawyers of the trio appealed to the district and session judge's court for bail and after a brief hearing the judge granted their prayer. Earlier on different dates, Narsingdi court granted bail to eleven others implicated in the murder of mayor Lokman Hossain. Of the total accused, only Ashraf Hossain Sarkar is now in prison.-The Daily Star January 18 2012.

Decision on Kamaruzzaman's charges Jan 31
International Crimes Tribunal will pass its decision on January 31 whether it would accept or not charges against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mohammad Kamaruzzaman in connection with his alleged involvement in crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War. The court fixed the date on January 18 when it was scheduled to make its decision public. The three-judge tribunal headed by its Chairman Justice Nizamul Huq said the date was re-fixed as they could not finish scrutinising the formal charges and relevant documents regarding the detained Jamaat assistant secretary general's 1971 role. -The Daily Star online edition January 18 2012.

HC summons Rajuk boss, officials
The High Court on January 17 summoned the Rajuk chief and officials concerned in connection with the incidents of land grabbing of Gulshan Lake and collapse of a portion of the Circuit House road in the city. In a suomoto order, the court directed Rajuk Chairman Nurul Huda, its Ramna zone engineer, and authorised officers of Ramna and Gulshan zones to appear before it on January 24 to explain why the have failed to protect the lake's land and the road. It also directed the officials concerned to take steps so that such incident of collapse does not repeat. The HC bench of Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury Manik and Justice Jahangir Hossain Selim came up with the order following two reports published on The Daily Star and the daily Prothom Alo on January 17.-The Daily Star January 18, 2012.

HC to take action against Rab
The High Court on January 16 directed the government to take departmental action against a Rapid Action Battalion official for illegally detaining a person for 27 hours in Narayanganj in 2004. The authorities have to take action against Lt BN Firoze Khan, then in Rab-3 of Adamji Nagar in Narayanganj, as he neither did produce Mohammad Dolon, an accused of an arms case, in the police station concerned nor file a case against him within 24 hours after picking him up, the court said in a verdict. The HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Sheikh Md Zakir Hossain delivered the verdict after hearing an appeal filed by Dolon challenging a lower court verdict that convicted and sentenced him to 10 years' imprisonment in 2009.The HC bench exonerated Dolon in the case filed by Firoze Khan in connection with recovery of arms from him.-The Daily Star January 17 2012.


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