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SC: Pay Tk100 crore to Moon Cinema Hall owner by Dec 8

In January, the apex court had ordered Bangladesh Muktijoddha Kalyan Trust to compensate the cinema hall owner around Tk99 crore

Update : 08 Oct 2018, 12:13 PM

The Supreme Court has directed the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs to pay Tk100 crore to the owner of Moon Cinema Hall—by December 8.

A four-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, issued the order on Monday while hearing a contempt petition, reports UNB.

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam, who represented the state, said the Finance Ministry has agreed to pay Tk100 crore to the owner through the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs.

Then the bench asked the Liberation War Affairs Ministry to pay the money to the theatre owner by December 8.

Previously, on January 18, the Supreme Court ordered the Bangladesh Muktijoddha Kalyan Trust to compensate around Tk99 crore to the owner of Moon Cinema Hall.

In May 2011, the Supreme Court declared the fifth Amendment to the constitution unlawful and asked Muktijoddah Kalyan Trust to return the property of Moon Cinema Hall within three months.

Earlier, in 2000, Italian Marble Works filed a writ petition with the High Court challenging the Fifth Amendment to the constitution.

On August 29, 2005 the HC declared the Fifth Amendment illegal. The amendment had legitimized the governments that were in power from the August 15, 1975 coup through to April 9, 1979.

The then-government announced a decree, in 1977, that blocked challenges against the government's decisions to declare the property abandoned.

The Moon Cinema Hall owner filed a contempt of court petition with the apex court on January 10, 2012, against the authorities concerned in the government and Muktijodhha Kalyan Trust, for not executing its order.

Later, on January 15, 2017, the SC ordered the authorities concerned to assess the value of the land of the cinema hall, and other establishments, with the help of a skilled and neutral engineer.

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