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Issue No: 217
May 07, 2011

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Limon gets bail
The High Court (HC) on May 05 granted bail for six months to Limon Hossain, who was shot into disability by Rapid Action Battalion, in an arms case filed against him by the elite force with Rajapur Police Station in Jhalakathi. The court also directed the government to arrange his treatment at one of the country's best hospitals as per his choice. It also asked the government to bear cost of the treatment. Responding to a bail petition filed as public interest litigation, the HC also issued a rule upon the government to explain within two weeks why it should not be directed to form an inquiry commission to find out the fact behind the torture on Limon. The HC bench of Justice Nozrul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Anwarul Haque in the rule asked the government to explain why Limon should not be granted regular bail in this case. The bench came up with the rule and order following a bail petition filed by Ain O Salish Kendra, a human rights organisation. -The Daily star online edition May 05 2011.

SC dismisses Yunus petition
The Supreme Court on May 05 dismissed two petitions filed challenging the Bangladesh Bank order that removed Dr Muhammad Yunus as managing director of Grameen Bank. The seven-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque passed the order. The apex court passed the order following conclusion of hearing on the two petitions -- one filed by Yunus and another by nine directors of Grameen Bank on May 03. Yunus sought withdrawal of the SC order on April 5 that dismissed his leave-to-appeal petition against the High Court verdict upholding the Bangladesh Bank order removing him from the post. The other petition was filed on April 3 by nine Grameen Bank directors challenging the HC verdict. - The Daily star online edition May 05 2011.

Prime accused in cops murder case killed in Pabna
The prime accused in a case filed for killing three cops was shot dead in Bera upazila of Pabna on May 03. The deceased, Rafique alias Chalak Rafique, 32, was the main accused in the case filed for killing three policemen last year, said Mohammad Zahir, sub-inspector of Bera Police Station. On information, police recovered the bullet-hit body of Rafique from Shyampur char in the upazila.Earler, three cops -- Sub-inspector Md Kafil Uddin, Nayek Abdul Wahed and constable Shafique of Dhalarchar police camp -- were killed as gunmen fired on them at Daspara in Bera upazila on July 20, 2010. -The Daily star online edition May 03 2011.

3 factories fined for pollution
An enforcement team of Department of Environment (DoE) in separate drives in the port city on May 02 fined three factories Tk 13 lakh and seized two trucks on charges of polluting environment and cutting hill illegally. The DoE team, led by its Director (enforcement) Munir Chowdhury, conducted a drive in Lake View area under Khulshi Police Station. DoE officials noticed levelling of hills at Paharika Residential Area in South Khulshi. Impulse Properties Ltd, a real estate company, was found involved in the illegal act.The team conducted another drive in Nasirabad industrial area under Bayezid Police Station and found two factories polluting the environment by emitting harmful gas, according to the release. - The Daily star May 03 2011.

Ctg Arms Haul, Babar involved, testify cops
Two police sergeants in separate statements in connection with the 10-truck arms haul case told a court on May 02 that they had arrested five people from the spot but the arrestees were released as per the direction of Lutfozzaman Babar, then state minister for home. The witnesses are Sergeant Md Alauddin, then officer-in-charge (OC) of Bandar Police Outpost, and Sergeant Helal Uddin Bhuiyan, then OC of Koilar Depot Police Outpost. Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Mahabubur Rahman recorded Sgt Alauddin's 12-page and Sgt Helal's 8-page statements. - The Daily star May 03 2011.

Charge framed against ex-DU treasurer, 7 others
A Dhaka court on April 28 framed charges against former treasurer of Dhaka University (DU) and seven others in a case filed against them for appointing 765 employees to different posts through a forged tender in 2004. The accused are ex-DU treasurer Prof Syed Abul Kalam Azad, ex-acting registrar of National University (NU) Shamsher-uz-Zaman, deputy registrar (Parishad) Mohammad Shahidur Rahman, deputy registrar Mohammad Nurul Haque, ex-contractual dean Sher Mohammad, ex-examination controller and college inspector Mohammad Abdul Hamid, ex-director (finance and accounts) Mohammad Shahabuddinn and ex-syndicate member Prof Feroza Begum. Rejecting the discharge petitions submitted on behalf of the accused, Third Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate AHM Habibur Rahman Bhuiyan framed charges and fixed July 5 for trial of the case.- The Dailt star April 29 2011.


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