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HC declares mobile court illegal

DHAKA, May 11, 2017 (BSS) -The High Court (HC) today declared illegal mobile courts run by executive magistrates, 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, convicted by mobile courts.

"The court ordered to cancel their sentences and refund Taka 10 lakh realized from one of them as fine within 90-day of receiving the copy of this judgement," said Barrister Hassan MS Azim, counsel for the petitioners.

"From now on, government cannot run mobile courts by executive magistrates. Government has to amend the concerned law or formulate a new law if it wants to run mobile courts," he added.