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Issue No: 298
December 01, 2012

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Ameer on 10-day remand
Ameer Hossain, the ringleader of Parag Mondol abduction case, was placed on a 10-day remand by a Dhaka court on November 29. Senior Judicial Magistrate Md Tajul Islam passed the order when Monirul Islam, officer-in-charge (Investigation) of South Keraniganj Police Station and also the investigation officer of the case, produced him before the court and sought a 12-day remand for him. Ameer was arrested on November 24 at Tongi in Gazipur after a 'shootout' with Detective Branch of police when he sustained severe injuries. He was rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Parag Mondol, a six-year-old student of KG-1 of Heed International School, was abducted by criminals at Shuvadda Paschim Para in Keraniganj on November 11. Parag was found after three days of his abduction on November 13 at Atibazar in the locality. -The Daily Star online edition November 29 2012.

Sircar, Akhtar Hamid get bail
A Dhaka court on on November 29 granted bail to former speaker Jamir Uddin Sircar and former deputy speaker Akhtar Hamid Siddiqui in four graft cases filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission. Judge Mohammad Zahirul Haque of the Senior Special Judges' Court in Dhaka granted them bail after they surrendered before the court in the morning and sought bail in the cases. The court fixed January 10 for passing an order on whether it would take the charges into cognisance. Earlier, the ACC on December 28, 2010 filed the cases with Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Police Station. The anti-graft watchdog pressed charges against Jamir Uddin and Akhtar Hamid on November 7 and 8 this year respectively. -The Daily Star online edition November 29 2012.

Split HC order on money-laundering case
The High Court on November 27 made a split order on a petition challenging the legality of running a money-laundering case in a lower court against BNP Senior Vice-chairman Tarique Rahman and his business partner Giasuddin Al Mamun. The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on October 26, 2009, had lodged the case with Cantonment Police Station against the two on charge of laundering Tk 20.41 crore to Singapore between 2003 and 2007. Mamun filed the criminal revision petition with the HC saying that the ACC must have prior permission from the government to run the case against him as per provisions of the Money Laundering Prevention Act, 2009. But the anti-graft body did not follow the provision of the law. Justice Abdul Awal, senior judge of the HC bench, issued a rule upon the ACC and the government to explain within two weeks why the trial court's October 18 order rejecting Mamun's petition seeking stay on the trial in the case should not be declared illegal but Justice Md Faruque, junior member of the bench, summarily rejected the petition. -The Daily Star November 28 2012.

Suranjit's ex-APS gets bail
A Dhaka court on November 27 granted bail to Omar Faruque Talukdar, sacked assistant private secretary (APS) of former railways minister Suranjit Sengupta, until December 10. Judge Mohammad Zahirul Haque of the Senior Special Judge's Court of Dhaka granted Faruque an ad-interim bail for a period of eight weeks. On October 2, Faruque, a key figure of the railway gate scandal, had surrendered before the court seeking anticipatory bail in the case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission. The ACC filed the case against him on August 14 for amassing wealth of Tk 1.47 through illegal means. The next hearing on the bail petition that Faruque submitted on November 27 will be held on December 10. - The Daily Star November 28 2012.

HC to prosecute people responsible for Ashulia fire
The High Court on November 26 asked the government to explain within four weeks why it should not be directed to prosecute and punish people responsible for the fire at an Ashulia garment factory. Issuing the rule on a writ petition, the HC also asked Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters' Association (BGMEA) to submit to it within two months a list of garment factories across the country, and a report on whether the authorities of the factories comply with the relevant laws to run those, and what steps they have taken to save the workers from fires. The court also decided to form an independent committee to probe the incident. An HC bench comprised of Justice Mirza Hussain Haider and Justice Kazi Md Ejarul Haque Akondo that issued the rule said it will form the committee on receiving the names of its members from the NHRC and Bela, as per a proposal from Dr Kamal Hossain, counsel for the petitioners. - The Daily Star November 28 2012.

HC stays effectiveness of Grameen Bank ad
The High Court on November 26 stayed for two months the effectiveness of an advertisement published by the Grameen Bank authorities for recruiting its “managing director.” In response to a writ petition, the court also issued a rule upon the authorities to explain within three weeks why the advertisement should not be declared illegal. The bank, its chairman, and selection-board chairman have been made respondents to the rule. Tahsina Khatun, a director of Grameen Bank, on November 26 filed the petition challenging the legality of the advertisement published in a few national dailies on November 13 for recruiting its chief executive. The petition said the bank's selection board has no power to appoint the MD as per the Grameen Bank Ordinance, 1983. - The Daily Star November 28 2012.


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