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Issue No: 297
November 24, 2012

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Govt asked to ban import of chemical treated foods
The High Court on November 21 directed the government to ban import of foodstuffs treated with formalin and other poisonous chemicals. Responding to a writ petition, the court also directed the government to provide testing kits to all the sea and land ports and markets across the country in a month to ensure that adulterated food items are not imported and sold. The court also ordered the authorities concerned to submit a report by January 7 next year before it, after complying with the order. It also issued a rule upon the government to explain why the import, distribution and sale of food items treated with formalin and other poisonous chemicals should not be declared illegal. The HC bench of Justice Mirza Hussain Haider and Justice Kazi Md Ejarul Haque Akondo came up with the order and rule after hearing the writ petition filed by M Helal Uddin, a director of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), on November 19.-The Daily Star online edition November 24 2012.

Court summons Ramna carnage case IO
A Dhaka court on November 20 summoned an investigation officer of Ramna Batamul carnage case to appear before it on January 3, 2013 to narrate what he found in his probe into the killing case. Abu Hena Mohammad Yusuf, also an inspector of Criminal Investigation Department (CID), on November 30, 2008, submitted the charge sheets in two cases against 14 top leaders of the banned militant outfit of Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI), for their alleged involvement in the carnage. During the traditional celebrations of Bangla New Year 1408 (April 1, 2001) at the Ramna Batamul, a blast killed 10 people and injured 50 others. One of the cases was filed for killing the people and the other was filed under the Explosives Substances Act in this regard. Judge Mohammad Anisur Rahman of the Second Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court passed the order after completion of the cross-examination of Mohammad Fazlul Kabir, an assistant superintendent of Criminal Investigation Department (CID).-The Daily Star November 21 2012.

Court to use body for research
A Dhaka court on November 19 asked Dhaka Medical College Hospital authorities to use the body of a schoolteacher for research as his two wives failed to prove whether he was a Hindu or a Muslim. Chandan Chakrabarty alias Sajjad Hossain, 45, teacher of Khilgaon Ideal School and College, was knifed to death by a gang of miscreants on December 25, 2009 while returning to his Khilgaon residence in the capital. Another Dhaka court had passed the same order on January 26, 2010 but the wives filed petitions for handing over the body for funeral as per their own religious rituals. One wife, Tithi Chakrabarty, wanted a cremation as per Hindu rites while the other, Aklima Akhter Polly, wanted a burial as per Islamic rituals, stating that Chandan had converted to Islam before marrying her. On November 19, Second Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Shahidul Islam scrutinised documents placed by the two and said a question of religious sentiment has arisen over the handover of the body to the two wives. Moreover, the two wives had failed to prove whether the man converted to Islam from Hinduism. So, neither Tithi nor Aklima would get the body, he said. The two wives said they would go to the higher courts challenging the order's legality. The Daily Star November 20 2012.

SC stays cases against Moudud, Mosharraf
The Supreme Court on November 19 stayed the trial proceedings of two separate corruption cases filed against former BNP ministers Moudud Ahmed and Khandker Mosharraf Hossain till further orders. The apex court also permitted the BNP leaders to move separate appeals before it against High Court verdicts that had cleared the way for continuing the trial proceedings of the cases. The Anti-Corruption Commission filed the case against Moudud on charge of amassing wealth over Tk 7.38 crore illegally and concealing information about his wealth of over Tk 4.4 crore from the commission. The ACC filed the case against Mosharraf on charge of amassing illegal wealth worth Tk 12.51 crore and concealing information about Tk 3.11 crore. Earlier, the HC rejected petitions filed by the two for quashing the proceedings of the cases.- The Daily Star November 20 2012.

HC asks govt, why not admission tests under univs?
The High Court on November 18 asked the government to explain in three weeks why it should not be directed to transfer the authority of holding admission tests for medical and dental colleges to the universities concerned. It came up with the rule in response to a writ petition which claimed that the government illegally controls admission tests for medical and dental colleges as Education Policy, 2010 states that public universities are the authority to hold such tests. Supreme Court lawyer Eunus Ali Akond filed the petition with the HC, seeking its directive on the authorities concerned of government to transfer the power to hold admission tests for medical and dental colleges to the respective universities. The HC bench of Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif issued the rule after holding a hearing on the petition. - The Daily Star November 19 2012.


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