Bangladesh HC declares mobile court illegal

Bangladesh HC declares mobile court illegal

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Dhaka – The High Court (HC) declared on Thursday the mobile court conducted by executive magistrates illegal and contradictory to the Constitution.
A two-member HC bench comprising Justice M Moinul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Ashish Ranjan Das passed the order after the final hearing on three writ petitions.
The court declared section 5, which empowers an executive magistrate to conduct mobile court, and sections 6 (1), 6 (2), 6 (4), 7, 8 (1), 9, 10, 11, 13 and 15 of the Mobile Court Act-2009 illegal and contradictory to the Constitution, independence and supremacy of the judiciary and the verdict of the Masdar Hossain case, said Barrister Hasan MS Azim.

On September 14, 2011, a mobile court sentenced Kamruzzaman Khan, chairman of Esthetic Properties Development Ltd, for violating some sections of the Building Construction Act.
Later, Kamruzzaman secured bail in the case and filed a writ petition with the HC challenging several sections and sub-sections of the Mobile Court Act-2009 on October 11.
On October 19 of the year, the HC issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain why sections 5, 6 (1), 6 (2), 6 (4), 7, 8 (1), 9, 10, 11, 13 and 15 should not be declared illegal and contradictory to the Constitution.
On December of that year, Majibur Rahman, a house owner in the capital, filed another writ petition as a mobile court fined him Tk 10 lakh, in default, to server 30 days in jail for violating the Building Construction Act.
Following the writ petition, the HC issued another rule in this regard and stayed the mobile court verdict.
On May 2, 2012, some 17 bakery owners of Dinajpur filed the 3rd writ petition challenging some sections of the Mobile Court Act-2009 and seeking an HC order to enact a policy of keeping food experts and necessary food testing equipment with the mobile court.
The HC issued a rule taking cognisance of the writ petition on May 8.
In March 2017, the HC heard the three rules and kept the order pending.
The Mobile court ordinance was promulgated in 2007 during the army-backed caretaker government.
Later, Awami League-led government passed the Mobile Court Act on October 4, 2009.-UNB

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