The Appellate division on Tuesday acquitted a man who was sentenced to death in a case over killing an eight-year-old girl in Laksham area of Cumilla district in 2006.
A four-member virtual bench of the Appellate Division, led by Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order after accepting the appeal of the convict.
The convict who got acquittal is Humayun Kabir, a truck driver by profession and he was sent to jail in the case in 2004.
Advocate ABM Bayezid stood for the petitioner while deputy attorney general Biswajit Debnath represented the state.
According to the prosecution, a girl, a student of class I, went missing on June 30, 2004. A case was filed under the Women and Children Repression prevention Act against Humayun Kabir.
Later, she was found dead on July 4 at Kanaksri village of Laksham upazila. Then the case was transformed into a murder case.
On September 29, 2004, police submitted chargesheet against Humayun.
On April 5, 2006, Chattogram Speedy Trial Tribunal Judge AHM Mostaque Ahmed sentenced Humayun to death.
On April 15, 2012, the High Court upheld the lower court order after hearing the death reference and appeal petition.
The Supreme Court on April 17, 2014, accepted the appeal petition of the convict.
A legal notice has been issued to the government asking it to take necessary steps to ensure equal rights to inherit property for Hindu and Buddhist women.
Supreme Court Lawyer Tanay Kumar Saha issued the notice to secretaries of Cabinet Division, Law Ministry and Religious Affairs Ministry.
Saha said Hindu and Buddhist women are not entitled to inherit property due to religious dictates, not the patriarchy per se. Sections 27 and 28 of the Constitution ordain equal rights for men and women, he said.
The personal laws of the country’s religious communities govern most aspects of private life, including matters relating to marriage. Hindu law is the personal law of the Hindu citizens and is applicable in the matter of marriage, adoption, inheritance, gift, will etc. The Hindu community of Bangladesh is mainly governed by the Dayabhaga or Bengal School of Hindu law.
The Buddhist community also follows the Hindu law for personal matters in Bangladesh.
Essentially it is arguing that the application of the personal law in Hindu and Buddhist women's cases is infringing on the equal rights guaranteed by the Constitution.
“A writ will be filed with the High Court if the authorities fail to take necessary measures to form policy in this regard,” he said.
A court here on Tuesday placed the driver of a bus and his helper arrested in connection with the gang rape of a young girl on a moving bus, on a three-day remand.
Judge Jalal Uddin of Cumilla Cognisance Court-9 passed the order when Kamal Krishna Dhar, inspector of Sadar Dakkhin Police Station and also the investigation officer of the case, produced them before the court.
Earlier on Thursday, police filed a petition seeking a seven-day remand for them.
Those remanded are driver Arif Hossain Sohel, son of Sharif Hossain of Sadar Dakkhin Upazila and helper of the bus driver Babu Sheikh, son of Sheikh Wazed of Bhanga upazila in Faridpur district.
Nazrul Islam, officer-in-charge of Sadar Dakkhin Police Station, said Alam, prime accused in the case and supervisor of a ‘Tisha paribahan’ bus, remained absconding.
On September 11, the victim, hailing from Brahmanpara upazila of the district, went to the house of her cousin in Abdullahpur in Dhaka in search of job as she remained jobless for the last five months. Earlier, she worked as a garment worker.
On September 15, the girl boarded a bus of ‘Tisha Plus Paribahan’ for returning to her home where she was gang raped allegedly by the supervisor, driver and helper of the bus.
Later, victim’s mother filed a case with Sadar Dakkhin Police Station.
The High Court (HC) on Tuesday issued a rule seeking explanation as to why former ward councillor Tarekuzzaman Razib should not be granted bail in a case filed by the Anti- Corruption Commission (ACC).
The bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Ahmed Sohel issued the rule after hearing a bail petition.
Advocate Khurshid Alam Shahin Ahmed stood for the ACC, Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin moved for the state and Advocate Sheuly Khanam and M Ferdous Al Bashir represented the bail petitioner.
Earlier, Razib filed the bail petition on September 22, after a subordinate court denied his bail plea on February 6.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) filed the case last year against the ex-councillor of ward-33 of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) on charge of accumulating illegal wealth worth Tk 251,635,905.
He was arrested on October 19, 2019, during anti-casino drive.
A Dhaka court on Tuesday directed the authorities concerned to freeze two bank accounts of suspended Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Prisons Bazlur Rashid in a graft case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
Special Judges Court- 5 Judge Md Iqbal Hossain passed the order after hearing an appeal filed by ACC Deputy Director Md Nasir Uddin.
The court also ordered confiscation of all the wealth of the DIG and fixed October 22 for next hearing in the case.
Earlier, on September 1, the court accepted the chargesheet against the suspended DIG.
On August 26, investigation officer (IO) of the case Md Nasir Uddin submitted the charge sheet against Rashid.
ACC arrested him on October 20 last year on charge of accumulating money illegally.
According to the case statement, the suspended DIG failed to show any legal source of Tk 3.8 crore which he had spent for buying a flat in a housing project at Siddheswari in the capital.