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Issue No: 173
January 9, 2003

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Govt, ACC at loggerheads
The government ordered employees of the now-defunct Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac) not to work for the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) until rules and regulations of the newly formed body are formulated.
The Cabinet Division in a circular formally announced 1,107 Bac staff as government's reserve employees in the wake of boiling conflicts between the government and the ACC. The Bac officials have been temporarily working at the antigraft commission since November 21.
The latest development is going to stall the ACC investigations into the status of 1,028 vehicles purchased for different development projects and allegations of tax dodging by a business house.
The ACC chairman, its two commissioners and their personal staff, meanwhile, are shifting their offices today from the Segunbagicha Bac office to the Bureau of Statistics building at Agargaon. They were attending their duties at the former Bac office since the ACC started functioning on November 21. - The Daily Star, January 4

HC stay controversial RU recruits
The controversially appointed 546 employees at Rajshahi University (RU), aggrieved at reports of the High Court's stay order on their recruitment staged angry demonstrations on the campus.
They confined RU vice chancellor (VC) at his office for four and a half hours, cut off power and water connections to the VC's house, locked offices of the pro-VC and proctor and stopped movement of RU vehicles.
They brought out processions chanting slogans against the administration and demanded confirmation of their jobs by calling an urgent syndicate meeting within 24 hours.
Lawyer Abu Aslam filed a suit with Rajshahi Sadar senior assistant judge's court on April 25 following RU authoroties' appointment of 546 employees which was made without proper advertisements and despite having not as many vacant posts.
The court issued an injunction on the recruitment on June 23. Later Rajshahi district and sessions judge vacated the lower court order following a petition of RU authorities.
After a writ petition of Abu Aslam, the High Court stayed for six months the vacating order on the injunction. - Prothom Alo, January 4.

Ahmadiyya Books
HC asks govt why ban should not be illegal
The High Court issued rule on the government for its ban on the Ahmadiyya publications and stayed the ban for another three weeks. The court asked the government to reply why the government order banning Ahmadiyya publications, sale, distribution and preservation would not be declared illegal for being violative to the constitution and fundamental rights of the community.
The respondents -- the home secretary, senior assistant secretary of the home ministry, inspector general of police and deputy controller of Bangladesh Press (BG Press) -- will have to reply to the court in two weeks.
A High Court Division bench comprising Justice MA Matin and Justice AFM Abdur Rahman passed the order after hearing. - The Daily Ittefaq, January 3.

HC halts election to JS reserved seats for women
The High Court (HC) directed the government and the Election Commission (EC) not to hold polls to 45 seats reserved for women in the Jatiya Sangsad, until hearing of a writ petition challenging the election process.
The HC bench of Justice MA Matin and Justice AFM Abdur Rahman passed the order following a petition filed by 13 women leaders seeking an injunction on the polls process. The court fixed February 23 for hearing the petition.
On December 14 last year, the HC had issued a rule on the government asking it to explain in two weeks' time why the law providing for election to the reserved seats for woman should not be declared unconstitutional. The court, however, had not then ruled on whether there should be a stay of operation of the law itself.
Two more writ petitions relating to the 14th amendment to the constitution, which provided for the 45 reserved seats for women in parliament, were filed earlier and the HC had issued separate rule following the petitions.
The EC, on December 21, asked the political parties and alliance concerned to send lists of their candidates by December 28 for election to the reserved seats. -The Daily Star, January 5.


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