The High Court has ordered the government to remove names of people, who had collaborated with the Pakistani occupation forces in 1971, from roads, educational institutions, establishments and places by two months.
The bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Mohammad Ullah passed the order yesterday during the hearing on a rule issued in 2012.
The secretaries to the education and the LGRD ministries have been asked to submit a report by March 1 after complying with the order, said lawyer AK Rashedul Haque.
The rule issued on a writ petition in May 2012 year had asked the government to explain as to why they would not be directed to rename the structures after the freedom fighters.
The petition was filed by war crimes trial campaigners Prof Muntassir Mamun and Shahriar Kabir.
Petitioners' lawyer Rashedul told the Dhaka Tribune that the High Court in another order had also directed to rename Khan A Sabur Road in Khulna as Jessore Road and Shah Azizur Rahman Auditorium of Islamic University in Kushtia after the freedom fighters.
Of the two establishments, only the auditorium's name had so far been changed, he said.
Rashedul said that they had recently submitted to the court a list of roads and establishments named after 20 collaborators of the Pakistani military during the Liberation War.
“The court was dissatisfied as the names have not been removed yet and came up with the fresh order,” he told the Dhaka Tribune.