HC order on mobile courts stayed

HC order on mobile courts stayed

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Dhaka – The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday stayed an order of the High Court that declared mobile courts conducted by the executive magistrates illegal till May 18.Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court Justice Hasan Foez Siddique passed the order on Sunday in response an appeal moved on behalf of the state.
Besides, the Chamber Judge sent the matter to Appellate Division’s regular bench for further hearing on the day.
On May 11, the High Court Division passed the order, declaring 14 sections and sub-sections of the concerned act not constitutional.
A bench of High Court comprising Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Ashish Ranjan Das passed the order, declaring absolute the rule issued earlier in this regard.
The court gave the order after hearing on writ petitions filed by three persons, who were earlier convicted by mobile courts.
On that day Barrister Hassan MS Azim, counsel of the petitioners told newsmen, ‘The court ordered to cancel their sentences and refund Taka 10 lakh realised from one of them as fine within 90-day of receiving the copy of this judgment’. He also said, ‘From now on, the government cannot run mobile courts by executive magistrates. The government has to amend the law or formulate a new law if it wants to run mobile courts’. – Special Correspondent

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