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Mobile courts under executive magistrates get more time

DHAKA, Jan 9, 2018 (BSS) - The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) today allowed mobile courts under executive magistrates to run till disposal of leave to appeal petitions filed against a High Court order that declared some 14 sections and sub-sections of the concerned act unconstitutional.

On May 11, 2017, the High Court passed the order and on June 7, it released the full text of the 64-page verdict.

"The mobile courts, if any, must be manned by the judicial magistrates or the metropolitan magistrates, as the case may be. In other words, the mobile courts must be manned by the members of the Bangladesh Judicial Service, which will be perfectly in accord with the constitution and the judgment passed by the Appellate Division in Masdar Hossain's Case," the HC verdict said.

The apex court on October 10 stayed the order till October 31, giving permission to run mobile court under executive magistrates.

Today, a five-member Appellate Division bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah adjourned the hearing till January 16 as concerned lawyer Barrister Amirul Islam is out of country.

"The apex court stay against the High Court order will continue till disposal of the leave to appeal petitions," Barrister Hasan MS Azim said.