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Trump apologises to Kavanaugh, declares him ‘proven innocent’


MNA International Desk: US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh sought to put a bruising confirmation battle behind him on Monday at a White House ceremony in which President Donald Trump declared him innocent of sexual misconduct and apologized for the heated process. Kavanaugh, whose bid to join the top US court nearly failed after a California professor accused him of assaulting her when they were in high school, said he would enter his new job without bitterness despite a political fight that he told lawmakers had destroyed his family and his name, reported news agency. ‘The Senate confirmation process was ...

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India’s SC legalises gay sex in landmark ruling

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MNA International Desk: In a historic verdict, India’s Supreme Court today ruled that gay sex is no longer a criminal offence in the country. A five-judge constitutional bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, gave the judgment on a clutch of petitions challenging Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) which criminalises consensual gay sex, reports news agency. Section 377 of the IPC provides imprisonment for life for a term which may extend to 10 years and a fine for ‘unnatural offences’. The section says, whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman ...

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Trump’s chance to make Supreme Court more conservative

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MNA International Desk: Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy said on Wednesday he plans to retire after three decades as a pivotal vote on the highest US judicial body, giving President Donald Trump an opportunity to make the court more firmly conservative, reported news agency. Kennedy, who turns 82 in July and is the second-oldest justice on the nine-member court, has become one of the most consequential American jurists since joining the court in 1988 as an appointee of Republican President Ronald Reagan. A traditional conservative, he advanced gay rights, buttressed abortion rights and erased political spending limits. His retirement, which ...

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New Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain Swears In

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MNA National Desk: President Md Abdul Hamid has sworn in Syed Mahmud Hossain as the 22nd chief justice of the Supreme Court. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, senior members of her cabinet, top judges and lawyers of the Supreme Court, among others, were present at the oath-taking ceremony that started at the Bangabhaban at 7pm on Saturday. Hours after the president signed the appointment letter of Justice Hossain on Friday, Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah, who had been performing the duty of the chief justice for around four months, stepped down. Justice Miah cited ‘unavoidable personal reasons’ for his resignation 10 ...

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16th amendment: Govt filed review petition


MNA National Desk: The prosecution on Sunday filed a review petition seeking cancellation of the full verdict of the Supreme Court that upheld a High Court judgment scraping the 16th constitutional amendment. The petition was submitted to the department concerned of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in the morning, reported news agency. The verdict by the appeals bench led by the chief justice reinstated the Supreme Judicial Council, which was introduced by a military government, in the Constitution. In the petition, the state also sought cancellation of the irrelevant, unnecessary and objectionable comments made in the 16th constitutional ...

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HC order to reopen Lakehead School stayed

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MNA Education Desk: The Supreme Court (SC) has stayed a High Court (HC) order on reopening the Lakehead Grammar School in Dhaka. The chamber judge stayed the order on Wednesday after the state challenged the decision, reported news agency. The decision has been halted until Sunday, when an Appellate Division bench is expected to hear the matter, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said. On Nov 6, the education ministry ordered the Dhaka district administration to shut the school. The next day, a police team led by a magistrate closed down the school’s branches in Dhanmondi and Gulshan. The ministry says the ...

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BGMEA gets 7-month to demolish building

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MNA National Desk: The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Sunday gave Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) seven months more time to demolish building at Dhaka’s Hatirjheel. A five-member apex court bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah passed the order, giving time to the apex body of RMG producers’ for the ‘last time’. The Appellate Division came up with the order after holding hearing on a plea of BGMEA, seeking one year more time to demolish the building. On March 5, BGMEA lost its last legal battle to keep its structure intact on ...

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No bar to deduct 5 marks in medical test


MNA Education Desk: The Supreme Court has cleared way for government to deduct five marks from second time medical admission seekers. The five-member regular bench of Appellate Division, led by acting Chief Justice Abdul Wahhab Miah on Wednesday passed the order after hearing the appeal filed by the state seeking a stay order on High Court order. Earlier on September 12, the High Court stayed an order on the government’s decision to deduct five marks for second time medical admission seekers. The Health Department issued a notice calling for admissions to the MBBS program for the 2017-18 academic year on ...

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‘Govt to stage drama over 16th amendment’


MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Fakhrul Islam Alamgir alleged that the government is trying to stage a drama over the Supreme Court’s verdict on the 16th amendment. “The government is desperate to stage a drama over the 16th amendment verdict as it has exposed that Awami League has no legitimacy to stay in power. It has also clearly manifested that the party has no moral ground to run the government,” he said on Monday. Fakhrul came up with the remarks while talking to reporters during his visit to different flood-affected areas. The BNP senior leader also ...

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SC releases full verdict on 16th amendment

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MNA National Desk: The Supreme Court  released the full text of its verdict upholding the High Court verdict on Tuesday that declared the 16th Amendment to the Constitution establishing Parliament’s authority to remove Supreme Court judges, illegal. The copy of the full verdict was released after singing of all seven members of the Appellate Division bench, headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha. The copy of the verdict will be released soon on the SC website. Earlier on 3 July, the Supreme Court upheld the High Court verdict. A seven-member Appellate Division bench, headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, ...

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NSC can’t interfere in BCB: SC


MNA Sports Desk: The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday disposed of an appeal against High Court order that declared illegal the amended constitution of BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board). A three-member Appellate Division panel headed by chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order with observation that the National Sports Council is not allowed to interfere in BCB’s authority. “As per today’s order, only Bangladesh Cricket Board can amend its constitution, not NSC,” a lawyer involved with the case said. The High Court on 27 January 2013, had declared the amended constitution of BCB illegal. NSC and ...

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Remove all illegal stairs of Hanif Flyover: SC

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MNA National Desk: The Supreme Court on Monday stayed the HC order asking the authorities concerned to remove all the illegal stairs from Mayor Mohammad Hanif Flyover. A three-member Appellate Division bench led by Chief Justice SK Sinha disposed of the leave to appeal petition filed by Orion Infrastructure Limited, the builder company, seeking stay on a High Court order. On 31 May, the High Court, in its suomoto move, asked home secretary, commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Orion Infrastructure Limited to demolish the stairs from the flyover. Later, the Chamber ...

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MPs express dissatisfaction over SC verdict scrapping 16th amendment


MNA Editorial Desk: Parliament Members on Sunday expressed their dissatisfaction over the recent Supreme Court’s verdict scrapping the 16th constitutional amendment that restored the parliament’s authority to remove Supreme Court judges on grounds of incapacity or misconduct. Taking part in an unscheduled debate in the House, they strongly criticized appellate division and its pronouncement that the Jatiya Sangsad has no power to remove Supreme Court judges, reported news agency. Speaking in the JS on points of order, the ministers and MPs, including Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Civil Aviation Minister Rashed Khan Menon, and Information Minister Hasanul ...

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Executive magistrates can operate mobile courts 2 weeks more

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MNA National Desk: The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court extended two weeks the stay on a High Court order that declared the operation of mobile courts by the executive magistrates illegal. The lawyers said the executive magistrate can operate mobile courts during this time. A seven-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order following three separate leave to appeal petitions challenging the HC verdict. The matter was placed before the court for hearing on 21 May. The court stayed the hearing till 2 July. The court adjourned for two weeks on ...

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Helicopter attacks Venezuela’s Supreme Court

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MNA International Desk: A helicopter dropped two grenades on Venezuela’s Supreme Court building in a ‘terror attack’ against his government, President Nicolas Maduro said in a speech on Tuesday, adding that the weapons failed to explode. The 54-year-old socialist leader, who has faced three months of opposition protests as well as dissent from within government, said the helicopter shot at the judicial building and also threw some grenades. Witnesses reported hearing several detonations in downtown Caracas, where the pro-Maduro Supreme Court, the presidential palace and other key government buildings are located. The helicopter also flew over the Interior Ministry, Maduro ...

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Lady Justice Statue removed from SC premises


MNA Editorial Desk: The statue of the Greek goddess, Themis, has been removed from the Supreme Court premises on Thursday night. There was no official comment from the court or the government, but Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said the statue’s removal was “a decision of the court”. Sculptor Mrinal Haque choked back tears as he oversaw the statue’s removal, saying it felt like “clearing a dead body”. Mrinal Haque also told media that he was told about the removal of the statue on Thursday afternoon. The removal process started around 11:30pm, Thursday, he added. The sculpture was installed in front ...

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Sayedee’s war crimes: Review petitions included on SC cause list

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MNA National Desk: The Supreme Court on Monday included the review petitions in its cause list, filed by the government and convicted war criminal Delwar Hossain Sayedee, against its verdict in his war crimes case. The review petitions have been kept as entry No 147 of the cause list for hearing by the appeal bench headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha. Earlier, on 28 February, 2013, the International Crimes Tribunal-1 sentenced Sayedee to death for his crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971. On 28 March, 2013, Sayedee filed an appeal with the apex court seeking acquittal ...

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SC upheld death penalty of Mufti Hannan

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MNA National Desk: Supreme Court upheld death penalty of Mufti Hannan, Harkat-ul-Jihad (HuJI) leader, 2 others in a case filed over grenade attack on former British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury. The SC scrapped petitions by the militant leader and two others to review the Appellate Division’s verdict upholding their death sentences on Sunday. A three-member bench of the Appellate Division led by chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order after dismissing the review appeal of the HuJi chief. Two people were killed and the then British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Anwar Choudhury was among about 70 injured in the ...

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2 weeks more to finalize lower court judges’ conduct rules


MNA National Desk: The Supreme Court on Tuesday extended the time by two weeks for issuing a gazette notification for the government on the disciplinary and conduct rules for lower court judges. A SC bench, led by chief justice SK Sinha, passed the order following a time-petition filed by attorney general Mahbubey Alam, reported news agency. The lower judiciary was officially separated in November 2007 but the disciplinary rules for lower court judges are yet to be formulated. The law ministry on 7 May 2015 sent the draft of the rules to the Supreme Court which is similar to the ...

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BGMEA gets 6 months to demolish its building

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MNA National Desk: The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Sunday ordered Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEAdemolish) to demolish its building in the next six months. A three-member bench, headed by the chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, handed down the verdict. Earlier on 8 November, the 35-page verdict to demolish the BGMEA building was published on the Supreme Court website. On 2 June, the Appellate Division of the SC upheld a High Court order for demolishing the BGMEA building as it was constructed illegally. Earlier, on 8 March, BGMEA filed a petition with the Supreme Court seeking ...

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Shafik Rehman bail for three months

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MNA Editorial Desk: The SC (Supreme Court) has granted journalist Shafik Rehman a conditional bail for three months. He will be capable to stay out of jail for this time by passing on his passport or until police submit the charge sheet in the case he has been accused in. A five-strong Appellate Division bench led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha granted Rehman’s appeal against a High Court decision scrapping his bail petition on Wednesday. Shafik Rehman, prominent Bangladeshi magazine editor, was arrested in Dhaka on suspicion of sedition earlier on April 16. Police said that he was held ...

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Citycell to pay Tk 477.51 crore within 3 months

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MNA Business Desk: The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered Citycell to pay its Tk 477.51 crore dues to the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Council (BTRC) in installments within 3 months. A five-member bench, led by the chief justice SK Sinha, passed the order after hearing petition filed by Citycell. The court also ordered that Citycell, the country’s oldest mobile phone operator, can continue its operation on some conditions condition. Citycell also has to pay fees including license fee on regular basis from 17 September to the BTRC. Earlier on 22 August, the High Court stayed until 16 ...

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Verdict on Mir Quasem’s review petition August 30


MNA National Report: A five-member appeal bench led by chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha fixed the final verdict on Mir Quasem’s review petition on August 30, Tuesday. The appellate division of Supreme Court concluded the hearing on the petition filed by death row convict Jamaat leader Mir Quasem Ali seeking review of its earlier verdict that upheld his death penalty for crimes against humanity during the War of Independence in 1971. The other four members of the panel are Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, justice Hasan Foyez Siddiqui, justice Mirza Hossain Haider, and justice Muhammad Bazlur Rahman. Mir Quasem Ali was ...

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SC banned Ashiyan City housing project

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MNA National Desk: The SC (Supreme Court), apex court of the country, has banned all activities of the Ashiyan City housing project in the northern part of capital Dhaka. The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Monday stayed the High Court order, which had inverted its earlier verdict announcing the project by Ashiyan Land Developments as unlawful. Led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, the five-member appeals bench stayed the High Court’s verdict and ordered the State and the rights groups to file a regular appeal. On 16 January 2014, the High Court declared Ashiyan City housing project illegal. ...

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HC ordered 20 pharmaceutical to stop production


MNA Editorial Desk: The HC (High Court) has ordered 20 pharmaceutical companies to stop production of all drugs manufactured by them and asked 14 others not to manufacture antibiotics. An HC bench including justice Salma Masud Chowdhury and justice Kazi Md Ejarul Haque Akond approved the order after hearing on a supplemental petition in this regard. On behalf of Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh, Manzil Morshed filed the petition, replying to a report titled “Low quality medicines of 34 cos still exist in market’ printed by ‘Dainik Samakal’ on 28 June. The writ petition was submitted with the HC ...

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Moudud have to vacate the Gulshan house


MNA Editorial Desk: BNP leader Moudud Ahmed have to vacate the Gulshan house, where he is living using the name of his brother, as the Supreme Court yesterday scuffled a High Court verdict that had ordered the authorities to alter the house land. The Appellate Division bench of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha yesterday also scrapped a case continuing filed for Moudud and his brother Monjur Ahmed’s alleged connection in grabbing the land of the Tk. 300 crore house. “After the verdict, I think it is clear that they have been staying there as grabbers. ...

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Mobile operators to pay Tk. 950 million in VAT


MNA Business Desk: The SC (Supreme Court) has ordered the six mobile phone operators in Bangladesh to pay the government Tk. 950 million in VAT against the rent they paid in last four years. A four-strong Appellate Division bench headed by Chief Justice SK Sinha carried a verdict to this effect on Thursday. It ejected a High Court order that had remained a National Board of Revenue (NBR) instruction to pay the tax.The stay order had come after the operators moved the High Court challenging the NBR instruction. The Appellate Division well-ordered persistence of the hearing of a rule the ...

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