In a rule, the court asked the government to explain why programmes called in protest of a court’s verdict or order should not be declared illegal and why the government should not be directed to take legal actions against those involved with calling such programmes.
The High Court bench of Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice Md Ataur Rahman Khan came up with the ruling following a writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB).
The court in an interim order had also asked the government to ensure smooth flow of traffic across the country within 24 hours.
Secretaries of Road Transport and Bridges Ministry and Home Ministry, Director General of Rapid Action Battalion, chairmen of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) and Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC), and police DIGs of eight divisions have been asked to respond to the ruling within three weeks.
The government will also have to come up with a compliance report within two weeks, confirmed HRPB counsel Advocate Manzil Murshid.
The Bangladesh Road Transport Workers’ Federation’s called the strike from a meeting held at its Motijheel office on Monday night, hours after Khulna Motor Workers’ Union General Secretary Md Zakir Hossain withdrew the indefinite transport strike being observed in ten districts of the division since Sunday which had been backed by Shajahan Khan, who said the transport workers had the right to protest.
The decision was an outcome of meeting with the district administration, which the central leaders rejected later on, expanding the strike nationwide.
However, the strike was called off on Wednesday afternoon after several meetings were held between transport leaders and ministers.