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HC direction to provide manpower, logistics to operate mobile court

  • Published at 03:44 pm December 1st, 2019
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Following a summon order from the court RAB Executive Magistrate Md Sarwar Alam appeared before the court, informing it about the lack of manpower to operate the mobile court

The High Court has directed the Home Ministry to provide more manpower, and logistics to operate mobile courts, including Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) mobile courts.

The bench of justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order while hearing a writ petition in this regard on Sunday.

Following a summon order from the court RAB Executive Magistrate Md Sarwar Alam appeared before the court, informing it about the lack of manpower to operate the mobile court.

Advocate Masud Alam Chowdhury stood for Sarwar, and Attorney General Mahbubey Alam accompanied by Deputy Attorney General Amit Talukder represented the state.

Advocate Shakhawat Hossain Khan, lawyer for the writ petitioner informed the court that meanwhile his client received a copy of the verdict given by a mobile court.

On November 18, the High Court summoned Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) Executive Magistrate Md Sarwoer Alam for his failure to provide a copy of the verdict pertaining to punishment awarded to a convict in his mobile court, even though the certified copy of the verdict was available.

The High Court bench passed the order after hearing a writ petition filed by the convict, Mizan Miah, who previously applied to the mobile court for a copy of the verdict.

The RAB magistrate was ordered previously to appear before the bench on December 1 to explain the matter.

The court also issued a rule asking the concerned to explain, in seven days, why not providing verdict copy to the convict should not be declared illegal.

Along with Sarwoer, the secretary of Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, deputy commissioner (DC), additional DC, and district magistrate of Narayanganj, and the director general of RAB had seven days to respond to the rule.

During the hearing, Barrister Shakhawat Hossain Khan appeared for Mizan Miah, while Deputy Attorney General Tushar Kanti Ray represented the state.

According to the writ, on July 18, while conducting mobile court, RAB Executive Magistrate Sarwoer Alam sentenced Mizan Miah, manager of Topu Enterprise in Narayanganj [a cattle feed producing factory], to one year of  imprisonment under the Fisheries and Livestock Feed Act 2010.