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Issue No: 288
September 22, 2012

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War crimes suspect Jamaat leader Subhan held
Members of an intelligence agency detained war crimes suspect Jamaat-e-Islami Nayeb-e-Ameer Maulana Muhammad Abdus Subhan along with his two companions at Bangabandhu Bridge toll plaza in Tangail on September 20. A DGFI member said they detained the Jamaat leader and his two accomplices when they were travelling by a jeep from Dhaka to Pabna. He said Maulana Subhan has been kept in the toll plaza for his security.-The Daily Star online edition September 20 2012.

SC stays HC's permission for Bazlul's candidacy
Independent candidate Bazlul Haque cannot contest the September 30 Gazipur-4 by-election, as the Supreme Court on September 19 stayed for eight weeks a High Court order that asked the Election Commission to allow him to run the race. The EC had cancelled his candidacy on grounds that he did not submit attested copies of his educational certificates and the paper showing support of one percent of voters of the constituency. Bazlul however denied the allegation and filed a writ petition with the HC, which asked the EC on September 18 to allow him to contest the election.-The Daily Star September 20 2012.

Info commission settled 52 complaints this year
Information Commission this year has settled a total of 52 complaints filed to the commission by information seekers on different issues till September 19. Twelve out of 14 complaints has been settled in the last two days in separate hearings at the commission's court while hearing date for the remaining two complaints has been fixed. Acting Chief Information Commissioner M A Taher chaired the hearing while Information Commissioner Prof Sadeka Halim was present among others.- The Daily Star September 20 2012.

Judge dismisses case against Suranjit
A Dhaka court on September 18 summarily dismissed a defamation case against minister without portfolio Suranjit Sengupta hours after it was filed against him on charge of making "derogatory" remark about lawyers and courts on September 16. The judge passed the order saying that there was no sufficient ground to take the case into cognisance. Advocate Sultan Mahmud, a lawyer of Dhaka District Judge's Court, filed the case alleging that Suranjit, who was talking about the lawyers and courts at a programme titled 'Law and Human Rights' organised by South Asian Lawyers' Forum at Jatiya Press Club on September 16, said money makes everything possible. Suranjit also said majority people are now deprived of rule of law. The news was published the following day in a Bangla daily. - The Daily Star September 19 2012.

HC directive sought to recover Tk 3,547cr
A writ petition has sought a High Court directive on the government to immediately recover Tk 3,547 crore taken by Hall-Mark Group and five other companies from the Sonali Bank through forgery. Supreme Court lawyer Eunus Ali Akond filed the petition on September 17 with the HC, seeking its order on the authorities concerned of the government to confiscate the assets of the companies on failure to refund the money. The petitioner prayed to the court to order the seizure of the passports of Hall-Mark Group's Managing Director Tanvir Mahmud and his wife, so that they cannot leave the country. He also urged the HC to ask the government to constitute a judicial commission to probe the irregularities in all the public and private banks. Earlier on September 11, three Supreme Court lawyers had filed another writ petition with the HC seeking its directive on the government to form a judicial commission to probe the loan scam involving the Sonali Bank and Hall-Mark Group.- The Daily Star September 18 2012.

HC puts injunction on journos
The High Court imposed a four-month injunction on journalist leaders from making defamatory or prejudicial statements against ATN Bangla Chairman Mahfuzur Rahman over the murder of journalist couple Sagar-Runi. The court passed the order on September 11 following an appeal filed by Mahfuzur seeking the injunction. The injunction was issued on Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, Ruhul Amin Gazi, Abdul Jalil Bhuyian, Omar Faruque, Shaban Mahmud, Shakhawat Hossain Badsha, Abdus Shahid, Muhammad Baker Hossain and Jatiya Press Club and Dhaka Reporters Unity leaders. Earlier, on February 11, Sagar Sarowar, a news editor at Maasranga, and his wife Meherun Runi, a senior reporter for ATN Bangla, were murdered in their West Rajabazar residence in the capital.- The Daily Star September 16 2012.



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