Govt officials must give info
The High Court on February 08 upheld an Information Commission verdict, fining a government official Tk 1,000 under the Right to Information Act, 2009 for refusing to provide information. The HC ruled that any responsible official is bound to furnish information to anybody within 20 days or within 30 days in particular cases after filing of the application as per the RTI act. The HC bench of Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury Manik and Justice Jahangir Hossain Selim observed that the Information Commission is a quasi-judicial body and every public servant is bound to comply with its orders and instructions.-The Daily Star February 09 2012.
HC to take steps
The High Court on February 08 directed the University Grants Commission (UGC) to take immediate steps in stopping Darul Ihsan University's (DIU) two-year Bachelor of Law course as it was being run without the commission's approval. Delivering a verdict on a writ petition, the court also directed the DIU authorities to pay Tk 5 lakh to each of five petitioners as their “careers were affected” after studying the course at DIU. The five petitioners, Khan A Salam, Afifa Aktar, Shamim Ara, Abul Hasnat and Imam Hasan, had completed the course and attained certificates.- The Daily Star February 09 2012.
HC asks govt to explain
The High Court on February 07 sought an explanation from the government why the initiation and continuation of the tax evasion case against BNP leader Moudud Ahmed should not be declared illegal. The National Board of Revenue (NBR) lodged the case against Moudud, a former law minister, with the Senior Special Judge's Court on January 15 on a charge of dodging Tk 6.85 crore in income tax for 1997-98 to 2006-07 fiscal years. Following a writ petition, the HC bench of Justice Mirza Hussain Haider and Justice Md Khurshid Alam Sarker issued a rule upon the government to explain in three weeks why the proceedings of the case against Moudud should not be declared illegal.-The Daily Star February 08 2012.
DoE certificate stayed
The High Court on February 07 stayed for 10 days the effectiveness of the environmental certificate issued by the Department of Environment (DoE) for implementation of a water supply project of Khulna City Corporation (KCC). In response to a writ petition, the court also issued a rule upon the government to explain in 10 days why the DoE's decision to issue the certificate for Phultala Water Supply Project of KCC should not be declared illegal. The HC bench of Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury Manik and Justice Jahangir Hossain Selim also fixed February 19 for hearing the rule.- The Daily Star February 08 2012.
Why EC's decision not illegal
The High Court on February 07 issued a rule upon the Election Commission (EC) and the government to explain in three weeks why the EC's decision, which cancels the parliamentary membership of former Awami League lawmaker Maj (retd) Jasim Uddin, should not be declared illegal. The rule came after Jasim Uddin filed a petition, saying that as per Article 66(4) of the constitution and the Member of Parliament Determination of Disputes Act 1980, the Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad (JS), not the EC, is the authority to cancel the parliamentary membership of any elected lawmaker on acceptable grounds. The HC bench of Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury Manik and Justice Jahangir Hossain Selim issued the rule after hearing Jasim Uddin's petition.- The Daily Star February 08 2012.
HC asks govt to submit report
The High Court on February 07 asked the government to submit a report on how many Bangladeshi nationals were languishing in different jails of Saudi Arabia and their legal status before it by April 8. During the hearing of a petition, the court also ordered the secretaries to the ministries of foreign and home affairs to state in the report what steps they had taken to bring the detained Bangladeshi nationals from Saudi Arabia back to the country. The HC bench of Justice Mohammad Bazlur Rahman and Justice Md Habibul Gani passed the order following a petition filed by the human rights organisation Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK). - The Daily Star February 08 2012.
HC asks govt and Milk Vita to explain
The High Court on February 06 issued a rule asking the government and the Milk Vita authorities to explain why they should not be directed to compensate the family of schoolgirl Sidratul Muntaha Paloma, who was allegedly crushed to death by a Milk Vita bus in the city. In response to a writ petition, the court also asked the government officials concerned to respond to the question of why they should not be directed to ensure effective traffic management and taking necessary steps to reduce the number of accidents in the city. On February 1, nine-year-old Paloma, a class-II student of the Ibrahimpur branch of Monipur High School and College, was killed when a bus rolled over her in Mirpur-14 while she was on her way to school. The following day, some newspapers reported that Paloma had been run over by a bus of Milk Vita, a cooperatives enterprise. The HC bench of Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury Manik and Justice Jahangir Hossain Selim also directed the Milk Vita chairman to appear before it on February 14 to explain his conduct on the issue. -The Daily Star February 07 2012.
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