Wednesday, June 6, 2007

HC stayed Rajshahi public safety tribunal order favouring Galib

HC stayed Rajshahi public safety tribunal order favouring Galib


The high court (HC) yesterday stayed for three months the Rajshahi court order that asked an organisation named Tawhid Trust to hand over its 5-storied building at Kajla in the city to the detained militant kingpin Asadullah Al Galib.


HC bench comprising of justice Khademul Islam Chowdhury and Ashfakul Islam passed the rule, said the defense lawyers' certified statement faxed to Rajshahi last evening.


The HC bench also called for case documents from Rajshahi court after Tawhid Trust authority appealed to the bench challenging the cower court order.


Lawyers Hasan Feroj Siddik and Fazle Rabbi pleaded the case for the petitioners.


The petitioners Tawhid Trust chairman Abdus Salam, secretary general (SG) SM Mahmud Alam, assistant SG Rezaul Karim and their lawyers condemned the tribunal judgment to be 'unilateral and biased'.


Zahangir Alam Mollah, judge of public safety tribunal and second special sessions court in a judgment on May 24 ordered for handing over the building to Galib.


Galib, chief of Ahle Hadith Andolon, Bangladesh (Ahab) and a Rajshahi University Arabic teacher was arrested in February 2005 after captured JMB militants named him as their spiritual head.


He was expelled from Tawhid Trust in 2002 following allegations against him of misappropriation of money and abetting so called Islamist militants.


However, a lower court in 2004 adjudged Tawhid Trust and its contemporary officio as tenant of the building.


The court ruling said, the trust is an organisation, not private property. The committee that will represent the trust would be the tenant as per rules of land.


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