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Issue No: 211
April 02, 2011

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Yunus' plea hearing adjourned till Apr 4
The Supreme Court on 29 March adjourned till April 4 the hearing on the appeals filed against the High Court verdict that upheld a Bangladesh Bank order removing Muhammad Yunus from the office of Grameen Bank managing director. The seven-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque passed the adjournment order as the petitioners did not get the certified copy of the HC verdict. A lawyer for Yunus told The Daily Star that Yunus will file a regular leave to appeal petition with the apex court against the HC verdict by April 4. Earlier, Yunus was unceremoniously relieved of his duties on March 2 through a Bangladesh Bank letter sent to Grameen Bank Chairman Khondoker Muzammel Huq. -The Daily star onlinr edition 29 March 2011.

Charge framing hearing against Sayedee adjourned
A Dhaka court on 29 March adjourned till April 25 the hearing on charge framing against detained Jamaat-e-Islami Nayeb-e-Ameer Delwar Hossain Sayedee in connection with a tax evasion case. Judge Mohammad Mozammel Hossain of the Special Judge's Court-3 passed the order after Sayedee's lawyer submitted a petition seeking an adjournment of the hearing. Sayedee was produced before the court on Tuesday. In the petition, lawyer Abdur Razzak said they had earlier filed a writ petition with the High Court (HC) challenging the legality of the case. After the hearing, the court issued a rule upon the government to explain why the proceedings of the case should not be declared illegal. But the hearing on the rule is now pending for hearing. So, they prayed for adjournment of the hearing. - The Daily star onlinr edition 29 March 2011.

Case Against Koko, hearing deferred till April 17
A Dhaka court on March 28 deferred the hearing of the money laundering case against Arafat Rahman Koko, younger son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, and Ismail Hossain Saimon, son of former shipping minister late Akbar Hossain, till April 17. Judge Mohammad Mozammel Hossain of the Special Judge Court-3 passed the order after prosecution submitted a petition on grounds that no prosecution witnesses appeared before it yesterday. Earlier, on January 4 and 19 the court recorded the depositions of five witnesses, including complainant Mohammad Abu Sayeed, deputy director of the ACC, against the defendants. The duo has been charged with the laundering of Tk 23 crore to Singapore. - The Daily star 29 March 2011.

HC orders for 2 Jamaat leaders valid
The Supreme Court on 27 March upheld a High Court order that directed the jail authorities to provide division facilities to detained Jamaat-e-Islami leaders Muhammad Kamaruzzaman and Abdul Quader Molla. A seven-member Appellate Division bench headed by Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque passed the order after dismissing a government petition against the HC order. The HC gave the order on December 15 last year in response to a writ petition by Kamaruzzaman and Quader Molla. The two were arrested in July last year on different charges and were later shown arrested in connection with crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971. Meanwhile, the HC on 27 March stayed for four months the proceedings of a case filed for “hurting religious sentiment of Muslims” against four Jamaat leaders including its chief Motiur Rahman Nizami. The three others are party Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, Nayeb-e-amir Delwar Hossain Saydee and its Dhaka city chief Rafiqul Islam Khan. - The Daily star 28 March 2011.

HC asks SC register for pending case list
The High Court on 27 March directed the Supreme Court registrar to submit a list of its pending criminal cases, for which paper books are yet to be prepared for hearing appeals, to it within eight weeks. A paper book, which contains all relevant documents and information of a case including its first information report, charge sheet, statements of witnesses, and judgement of trial court, is necessary for the HC to hear and dispose of appeal against the trial court verdict on it. In response to a writ petition, the HC also issued a rule upon the authorities to explain within four weeks why they should not be directed to set up a separate printing press to prepare the paper books of its pending criminal cases for ensuring justice by their quick disposals. The HC bench of Justice Mohammad Anwarul Haque and Justice Akram Hossain Manju issued the rule following the petition filed as public interest litigation by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh. - The Daily star 28 March 2011.

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