6 additional HC judges appointed
President Zillur Rahman appointed six additional judges for two years to the High Court Division of Supreme Court ON June 13, raising the number of HC judges to 100. The new judges are Ashish Ranjan Das, secretary to the Law and Justice Division of the Ministry of Law, SC lawyers Mahmudul Haque, Badruzzaman Badal and Zafar Ahmed, and Deputy Attorneys General Kazi M Ejarul Haque Akond (Sagar) and ABM Altaf Hossain. The Awami League-led grand alliance government has so far appointed 58 HC judges after assuming power in early 2009. - The Daily star June 12 2012.
HC to remove business establishments
Declaring commercial operations in Dhanmondi residential area illegal, the High Court on June 11 directed the authorities to remove all business establishments from the area to protect its residential character and environment. The government has been asked to allow the institutions time essential for shifting their setups. It ordered Maple Leaf International School authorities to windup its all branches from the area and to shift those to a suitable place within next three years. A division bench of the HC asked the school authorities to control traffic jams in the school areas by their own manpower during the three-year period. The judges however said the ruling will not hamper the business of the authorised commercial establishments at the Mirpur Road, Satmasjid Road and Dhanmondi-2 and Dhanmondi-27 areas. -The Daily star June 12 2012.
The International Crimes Tribunal-2 on June 11 framed 17 specific charges of war crimes against former BNP lawmaker Abdul Alim, which include genocide, murder of Bangalee civilians, and burying people alive during the Liberation War. He also charged with attempt, abetment and conspiracy to commit crimes against humanity during the war. Of the 17 charges, 15 were framed in connection with Alim's alleged involvement in the killing of at least 585 people in 15 incidents. The two other charges were in connection with looting, arson, deportation and detention of unarmed civilians. Of the 15, three were for committing genocide, which claimed the lives of 406 people, mostly Hindus. According to the charges, Alim allegedly committed all the crimes in Joypurhat. - The Daily star June 12 2012.
Bail granted in corruption cases
A court on June11 granted bail to 35 persons, including engineers and contractors of Chittagong Development Authority (CDA), in 22 corruption cases. However, the court issued arrest warrants against three persons in the same cases, as they did not appear before it. Metropolitan Judicial Judge, S M Mujibur Rahman, passed the order. The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the cases against 47 persons with Chadgaon Police Station on September 5, 2010 on charges of corruption in development work of Bahadderhat to Kalurghat road in Chittagong city. - The Daily star June 12 2012.
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