The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has extended a stay order till July 2 on a High Court order that declared the mobile court conducted by executive magistrates illegal and contradictory to the Constitution.
A seven-member bench led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order Sunday morning.
Following the order, there is no legal bar to conduct mobile courts till the apex court’s further decision.
On May 14, the Chamber Judge of Supreme Court has stayed till May 18 the High Court order.
On May 11, the High Court issued the order declaring the mobile court conducted by executive magistrates illegal and contradictory to the Constitution.
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The court declared Section 5, which empowers an executive magistrate to conduct a 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 Tk10 lakh, in default to serve 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.
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