A petition filed by a madrasa principal and two students against a government direction requiring all educational institutions to hold national anthem competitions was rejected by the High Court on Tuesday.
The bench of Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice Md Ataur Rahman Khan passed the order on Tuesday.
On January 18, the Cabinet Division issued a circular asking every educational institution in the country including madrasas to hold the competition, in a bid to encourage the practice of singing the national anthem correctly.
The petition against the government circular was filed last week by Principal Nurul Islam Mia of Kurigram’s Sukhdev Fazil Madrasa, and two students of Dhaka’s Kadamtala Madrasa.
They claimed the madrasas are run by the Islamic law (Sharia) which does not approve of the national anthem competition.