HC now to hold trial of 2 damage suits
The High Court, instead of the lowers court, will now hold the trial of the two compensation cases filed over the demise of Tareque Masud and Mishuk Munier in a 2011 road crash.
The HC bench of Justice Naima Haider and Justice Zafar Ahmed came up with the verdict yesterday after hearing two writ petitions filed seeking the transfer.
The families of the two deceased filed the petitions on October 1 last year with the HC seeking its directives on the authorities concerned to transfer the cases to the HC for proper proceedings of the cases.
The chief justice would now assign an HC bench to try the cases, Deputy Attorney General Mokhlesur Rahman told The Daily Star yesterday.
The HC bench would be assigned after the end of the necessary procedures, he added.
On August 13, 2011, noted filmmaker Tareque, renowned journalist Mishuk and three others died in a fatal road accident on Dhaka-Aricha highway in Manikganj, sending shockwaves through the nation.
The families of Tareque and Mishuk on February 13, 2012 filed the two separate cases with district judge and Motor Accident Claim Tribunal in Manikganj, seeking compensation for the death.
Co-owners of the 'killer' bus -- Kashed Miah, Khokon Miah and Jahnagir Kabir (Tunin) -- and the driver, Jamir Uddin, and the company which insured the vehicle were accused in the cases.
Tareque's family sought Tk 7.76 crore while Mishuk's family sought Tk 5.5 crore as compensation in the cases.