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Issue No: 262
March 24, 2012

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HC order on Ducsu election April 8
The High Court on March 22 fixed April 8 to pass order on a writ petition filed seeking its directives upon the authorities concerned for taking immediate steps to hold election to Dhaka University Central Students' Union (Ducsu). The court fixed the date after concluding hearing of the petition filed by 25 students of Dhaka University. They submitted the petition on March 21, also praying to the court to issue a rule upon the government and the DU authorities to explain why their failure to hold the Ducsu election should not be declared illegal. Advocate Manzill Murshid appeared for the petitioners while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam opposed the petition.-The Daily Star March 23 2012.

HC to block all anti-Islam stuff on FB
The High Court on March 21 directed the government to immediately block all pages, and links on website, especially of the Facebook, that are sharing sensitive cartoons and pictures against Islam. In response to a writ petition, the court also issued a rule upon the government to explain in four weeks why it should not be directed to punish those who are responsible for publishing such contents on the website.Secretaries to the ministries of home affairs and information, inspector general of police, director general of Rapid Action Battalion, and chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission have been made respondents to the rule. The HC bench of Justice Mirza Hussain Haider and Justice Muhammad Khurshid Alam Sarkar came up with the rule following the petition jointly filed by Batool Sarwar, a teacher of Dhaka University, and M Nurul Islam, principal of Dhaka Centre for Law and Economics.- The Daily Star March 22 2012.

Contempt rule on home secy
The High Court on March 21 issued a contempt of court rule against the home secretary for not complying with its earlier order to submit documents of the presidential clemency to a convict in 1993. In April of that year, the then president Abdur Rahman Biswas pardoned Sarwar Kamal, a BNP leader from Teknaf in Cox's Bazar, who had been convicted in a murder case. Delivering its ruling, the court asked the home secretary to explain by April 8 why appropriate action should not be taken against him for disobeying its previous order. The HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Sheikh Md Zakir Hossain also fixed the day for the hearing of the rule. Earlier, A Cox's Bazar court on June 8, 1989 sentenced Sarwar to 10 years in jail in a murder case. Following an appeal, the HC on September 3, 1992, reduced his sentence to eight years and directed him to surrender before the trial court. -The Daily Star March 22 2012.

Court summons 8 QUBEE officials on April 5
A Dhaka court on March 20 summoned eight officials of broadband internet service company QUBEE, asking them to appear before it on April 5, hours after two criminal cases were filed against them for allegedly providing false information to the Joint Stock Company. Nurul Absar, company secretary of Teleport Bangladesh Limited, which owns 30 percent stake in the WiMAX QUBEE, filed the cases with the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court of Dhaka against the accused. Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Shahdat Hossain issued the order after the complainant filed the cases against the accused. In the case statements, Nurul Absar alleged that the accused in collusion with others and with malafide intention provided false information and statements in various reports and documents of the company violating provision of the law in Bangladesh.-The Daily Star March 21 2012.

HC asks govt to explain about ompensation
The High Court on March 19 issued a rule upon the government to explain why it should not be directed to pay adequate compensation to family members of the students who were killed and injured in the Mirsarai road accident in Chittagong last year. Home and education secretaries, Chittagong Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board chairman, deputy commissioner, superintendent of police and district education officer of Chittagong, headmasters of Abu Torab High School and Abu Torab Government Primary School, chairmen of both the schools, Mirsharai thana education officer, upazila nirbahi officer and officer-in-charge have been made respondents. They have been asked to reply to the rule in four weeks. The HC bench of Justice Farid Ahmed and Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif came up with the rule during hearing on a writ petition jointly filed by three SC lawyers.- The Daily Star March 20 2012.

HC fines contractor for earth filling
The High Court on March 19 fined one contractor, Abdur Rahman, Tk 50,000 for filling up a portion of Nabinagar Khal (canal) in Brahmanbaria defying a restriction from the government. The court directed Rahman to deposit the money to Nabinagar UNO office within three months. It also ordered Rahman to remove the earth from canal in two months. The HC bench of Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury Manik and Justice Jahangir Hossain Selim gave the verdict after hearing a petition filed by Bela in 2010.-The Daily Star March 20 2012



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