Just a day after being removed from in front of the Supreme Court, the statue of Lady Justice was reinstalled before the annex building of the apex court late Saturday night.
Mrinal Haque, the sculptor of the blindfolded and sari-clad figure of a woman, confirmed the news to Bangla Tribune.
After the statue was displaced on the early hours of Friday morning, the incident garnered much criticism with many demanding immediate reinstalment.
Holding a sword in one hand and a scale in the other, the statue is considered a symbol of justice.
The work of re-erection on the Supreme Court premises started around 8pm.
Around 11:15pm Mrinal said: “I received the Supreme Court's order to reinstall it this morning. Hence, the statue is being reinstated from 8pm. The complete task to reinstall the statue will end in an hour.”
He said: “Erecting the statue in front of the annex building after removing it from the Supreme Court is not the same thing. Being on focus and being inside are separate things.”
Some 30 people were working to reinstall the statue, he said.
When contacted, an official of an intelligence agency around 11pm said a decision was taken to reinstate the statue.
Radical Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam had targeted the statue since its erection in December, saying it did not reflect the Islamic culture of the Muslims in Bangladesh.
Even hours before the removal, Bangladesh Khilafat Andolan on Thursday morning placed the same demand. Earlier, Islami Oikya Jote called a hartal threatening that it would go for tougher programme if the statue was not removed before Ramadan.