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Issue No: 290
October 06, 2012

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ACC sues 27 Sonali, Hall-Mark officials
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on October 04 filed 11 cases against 27 senior officials of the Sonali Bank and Hall-Mark Group for the Tk 2,686-crore loan scam. Of the accused, 21 are from Sonali Bank while remaining six from Hall-Mark Group. A six-member enquiry team of the anti-graft body led by its Deputy Director Mir Mohammad Zainul Abedin Shibli filed the cases with Ramna Police Station. Hall-Mark Group Managing Director Tanvir Mahmud and former managing director of the state-run bank Humayun Kabir are among the accused.-The Daily Star online edition October 04 2012.

HC asks govt to ensure security of all places of worship
The High Court on October 03 directed the government to provide all mosques, temples, churches, pagodas and other places of worship across the country with adequate security measures. It expressed concern about the recent violence in Cox's Bazar and Chittagong during which several pagodas and homes of Buddhists were burnt down. In response to two writ petitions, it also asked the government to explain within a week as to why its “failure” to ensure security of the citizens of the country, including people of religious minorities, should not be declared illegal. The home secretary, inspector general of police, deputy commissioners and superintendents of police of Cox's Bazar and Chittagong and officers-in-charge of Ramu, Ukhia, Teknaf and Patiya police stations were ordered to respond to the rule.-The Daily Star October 04 2012.

Court issues freeze order
A Dhaka court on October 02 asked the Anti-Corruption Commission to take steps to freeze 532 bank accounts of Destiny Group and Destiny-2000 Ltd in connection with two money laundering cases. Judge Md Zahirul Haque of the Senior Special Judge's Court passed the order after a brief hearing on two petitions filed by ACC Deputy Director Mojahar Ali Sardar and its Assistant Director Toufiqul Islam. The account holders are Destiny Group Managing Director Rafiqul Amin, its Director Lt Gen (retd) M Harun-Ar Rashid, Destiny-2000 Chairman Mohammad Hossain, and its two directors Gofranul Huq and Sayed-ur Rahman. The accounts were opened in 31 banks, including the state-owned Janata, Sonali and Agrani banks.- The Daily Star October 03 2012.


SC gives one more month to govt to raise salaries
The Supreme Court on October 01 gave one more month to the government to raise salaries and other facilities of lower court judges as per recommendations of the Judicial Service Pay Commission (JSPC). In 2008, the JSPC suggested providing allowances to the lower court judges equal to basic of their monthly salaries and increase other facilities. During hearing of Masdar Hossain Case, popularly known as judiciary separation case, the Appellate Division of SC directed the government to submit a report to it by November 4 after implementing the recommendations.-The Daily Star October 02 2012.


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