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HC ban on mobile court stayed till May 18

DHAKA - An order of the High Court that declared mobile courts run by executive magistrates illegal was stayed till May 18.

Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court Justice Hasan Foez Siddique passed the order today, accepting a plea of the state.

The court also sent the matter to Appellate Division's regular bench for further hearing on that day.

On May 11, the High Court passed the initial order, pronouncing some 14 sections and sub-sections of the concerned act unconstitutional.

A High Court division bench comprising Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Ashish Ranjan Das passed the order, declaring absolute the rule issued earlier in this regard.

The court came up with the order after holding hearing on writ petitions filed by three people who were earlier convicted by mobile courts.

"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," Barrister Hassan MS Azim, counsel for the petitioners, told the newsmen on that day.

"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," he added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)