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Issue No: 268
May 12, 2012

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No arrest in a week: HC
The High Court on 7 May 2012 ordered police not to arrest within a week around 30 opposition leaders, including BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, who are accused in two cases over hartal violence. The ruling came as a two-member HC bench delivered dissenting orders on seven separate bail petitions by the accused in the cases, filed for blasts and arson during the April 29 shutdown.

Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury, the senior judge of the bench, granted anticipatory bail to the accused petitioners till submission of police reports in the cases. He also issued seven separate rules upon the government to explain in four weeks why the petitioners should not be granted regular bail. Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder, the other judge, however, directed the accused politicians to surrender before the magistrate's court concerned within seven days and ordered law enforcers not to harass or arrest them during that period. -The Daily Star online edition May 08 2012.

High Court again asks SEC to explain
shareholding notice

The High Court on 7 May 2012 again asked the stockmarket regulator to explain within two weeks why a directive for directors to hold individually at least 2 percent stakes in companies should not be declared illegal. The HC rule came after a writ petition was filed by Abul Bashar, a director of Popular Life Insurance Company. Earlier, the Securities and Exchange Commission had made it compulsory for sponsors, directors and promoters of listed companies to hold at least 2 percent stakes individually in their own companies. Along with the SEC, the court also directed a share investors' association to explain as to why the directive will not be declared illegal. A bench of Justice Farid Ahmed and Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif issued the rule after hearing the petition. -The Daily Star online edition May 08 2012.

High Court stays BTCL bidding for seven days
The High Court on 9 May 2012 stayed a procurement plan by Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Ltd for seven days, after an aggrieved bidder filed a writ petition alleging the state-run company disobeyed a decision by the purchase review panel. BTCL sought bids for the job of building an optical fibre transmission network.

The court has issued the rule against BTCL asking why it did not follow the decision of the review panel, said Barrister Rumeen Farhana, a lawyer for the writ petitioner. BTCL will have to respond in seven days. The bidding process will be on hold until then, she added. -The Daily Star online edition May 10 2012.

Arrest order for ex-BOU VC
A Dhaka court on 9 May 2012 issued an arrest warrant against Ershadul Bari, former vice chancellor of Bangladesh Open University (BOU), in connection with a charge of distorting Liberation War history. The court also directed officer-in-charges of Alamnagar Police Station in Rangpur and Gazipur Police Station to submit a report by June 14 on the execution of arrest warrant. -The Daily Star online edition May 10 2012.


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