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Issue No: 236
September 17, 2011

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Hearing deferred again in August 21 cases
A Dhaka court on September 15 deferred until September 21 the hearing on charge framing against BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman and 29 others accused in the supplementary charge sheets of the August 21 grenade attack cases. Judge Shahed Nuruddin of the Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 passed the order after defence lawyers of ten accused submitted separate petitions seeking adjournment of the hearing.- The Daily star online edition September 15 2011.

Charge framed against Sayedee
Charges have been framed against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee in a tax evasion case. Judge Mohammad Mozammel Hossain of the Special Judge's Court-3 of Dhaka framed the charges against Sayedee on September 15 after rejecting a petition submitted seeking discharge of the Jamaat leader from the case. Sayedee, who is also accused of murder during the 1971 Liberation War, was produced before the court during hearing. The Jamaat leader pleaded not guilty and demanded justice after the charges were read out to him. The court also fixed October 24 for the trial of the case. Masuma Khatun, deputy tax commissioner of the National Board of Revenue (NBR), filed the case on August 19 last year against Sayedee on charge of dodging income tax of Tk 56.45 lakh for the fiscal years from 2005-2006 to 2009-2010.- The Daily star online edition September 15 2011.

Further probe ordered in student abuse case
A Dhaka court on September 14 ordered Detective Branch (DB) of police to conduct a further investigation into the case filed against a school teacher for violating a student of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College. The DB has to submit the probe report by October 16, said the court. Judge (in-charge) AKM Mostafa Dewan of the Fourth Special Tribunal for Prevention of Women and Children Repression also rejected a bail petition of Porimol Joydhar charged with violating a class-X female student of the school. On July 5, the victim's family filed the case accusing Porimol, a Bangla department teacher of the school's Bashundhara campus, of violating the girl at his coaching centre in the city's Badda twice, first on May 28 and then on June 17.--The Daily star September 15 2011.

SC judge feels embarrassed
A Supreme Court judge on September 13 felt embarrassed to hear a petition for staying a High Court verdict that declared the appointment of 807 National University staff illegal. Justice MA Wahhab Miah, the chamber judge of the Appellate Division, however, did not mention any reason for his embarrassment, Barrister Nasiruddin Ashim, a counsel for the petitioners, told reporters. The lawyer said the petition will now be sent to the chief justice for his decision. Additional Attorney General Murad Reza told The Daily Star that Justice Wahhab may have personal difficulties to hear the petition. Of 807 sacked NU officials and employees, 278 filed the petition with the apex court of the country on September 6 seeking stay on the HC verdict. The HC on August 23 ruled that appointment of the 807 staff recruited in between November 17, 2003 and August 31, 2004 in the university illegal. Earlier On September 10, the NU syndicate at an emergency meeting decided to sack 821 officials and employees who were recruited through a fake advertisement during the tenure of the BNP-led alliance government.- The Daily star September 14 2011.

Shipping minister sues Jugantor editor
A Dhaka court on September 13 summoned the editor, executive editor and a reporter of the Daily Jugantor asking them to appear before the court on October 18, hours after a defamation case was filed against them by the shipping minister. Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan filed the defamation case against editor advocate Salma Islam, executive editor Saiful Alam and reporter Jashim Chowdhury Shabuj on charge of running two news items against him in the newspaper. After the hearing, Metropolitan Magistrate AGM Al Masud, recorded the statement of complainant taking into cognizance the defamation charge against them and asked them to appear before the court on the scheduled date.- The Daily star September 14 2011.

HC asks govt to explain
The High Court on September 12 asked the government to explain within four weeks why the torture of three children in the custody of Lalbagh Police Station should not be declared illegal. A Bangla daily on September 11 reported that Lalbagh police allegedly tortured three children -- Pakhi Aktar,8, her brother Barek,10, and her cousin Mirajul, 7, seriously by detaining them for six days. A vacation bench of HC issued a suo moto rule also asking the government to explain why punitive action should not be taken against the police personnel responsible for torturing the children. The bench of Justice Hasan Foez Siddique and Justice Md Anwarul Haque came up with the rule following the newspaper report headlined “Torture against 3 children by detaining them for six days in the Thana”.- The Daily star September 13 2011.

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