Sunday, 08 January 2017
Graft: SC upholds stay order on Abbas' trial proceedings

08 January 2017 The Supreme Court today upheld a High Court order that stayed the trial proceedings against BNP leader Mirza Abbas in a corruption case filed for causing Tk 16 crore losses of the state by allocating plots to journalists.

Following a petition filed by Abbas, the HC on December 14 last year stayed the trial proceedings of the case for three months.

A four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha dismissed the leave to appeal petition filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) against the HC order.

Also read: Graft case: HC stays trial proceedings against Mirza Abbas

Las year, the HC issued a rule asking the ACC and the government to explain in four weeks as to why the proceedings against the BNP standing committee member should not be scrapped.

The ACC filed the case with Shahbagh Police Station on March 6, 2014, against Mirza Abbas and BNP leader Alamgir Kabir and three others on charges of allocating seven acres of Rajuk land to a journalists' cooperative society at a rate lower than the actual value.

Abbas was the minister of housing and public works and Kabir was the state minister during the rule of the BNP-led coalition.

A Dhaka court on October 20 last year framed charges against Abbas, Kabir and Bijon Kanti Sarker, former joint secretary of housing and public works ministry, in the case.

Abbas’s lawyer Sagir Hossain Leon told The Daily Star that his client is now on bail in the case.

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Maitree Express rams car, kills 5 in Gazipur

08 January 2017 Five people including four of a family were killed as the Kolkata-bound Maitree Express train rammed a private car in Kaliakoir upazila of Gazipur this morning.

The incident took place at Shonakhali level crossing when the car was crossing the rail line around 10:15am, our Gazipur correspondent reports quoting Motaleb Mia, officer-in-charge (OC) of Kaliakoir Police Station.

A compartment of the train was derailed, the OC said.

Train communication between Dhaka and the northern parts of the country remains halted until filing this report at 11:01am, the correspondent said.

BSS adds: the deceased were identified as Tahmina Akhter, 38, her son Talha, 12, Laki Akhter, 35, and her daughter Nurjahan, 6, of Goalbatal Village of Kaliakair Upazila and driver Minhazuddin.

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'Torture of youth at police station': Court summons Jessore cops
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08 January 2017 The High Court today summoned two officials of Jessore Kotwali Model Police Station on charge of torturing a youth for bribe.

Sub-Inspector Nazmul and Assistant Sub-Inspector Habibur Rahman of the police station have been ordered to appear before the HC on January 25 for placing their statement about the incident.

The HC bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Mohammad Ullah  directed the superintendent of police of Jessore to probe the incident and to submit the probe report before it in 30 days.

It also issued a suo moto rule asking the government and law enforcers to explain as to why appropriate legal action should not be taken against the persons who are responsible for torturing the youth.

The bench came up with the order and the rule following a report published on Bangla daily Prothom Alo on January 6.

The report was published in Bengali and said that plainclothes policemen had picked up one Abu Sayeed from his residence in Talbaria village of Jessore Sadar upazila on Wednesday.

Later on Friday, two policemen of Jessore Kotwali Model Police Station demanded Tk 2 lakh from Sayeed, but he refused to give them the money. The policemen then started beating him at the police station.

A photograph of the torture shows the body of the youth twisted around a rod and hanging with his legs and hands tied together.

He was freed after his mother and brother lobbied and also paid Tk 50,000 as bribe to police for his release, the report said.

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