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HC scraps petition seeking second language status for English

  • Published at 10:13 pm April 21st, 2019
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A writ was filed to adopt English as the second official language on April 17

The High Court has disposed the writ that sought to declare English as the 2nd official language in Bangladesh. 

The bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razil-Al-Jalil scrapped the writ petition from the cause list on Sunday. 

The bench said a law is enacted for the application of the Bangla laguage in all spheres - the Bangla Language Introduction Act 1987, and hence cannot recognize English as an official language.

Earlier on April 17, a writ was filed with the High Court to adopt English as the second official language of the country.

Advocate M Moksadul Islam filed the petition. 

The writ petition sought to move the High Court to issue a ruling upon respondents to show cause as to why they should not be directed to take all necessary steps and declare English as the second official language of Bangladesh.

The cabinet secretary, the law secretary, and the secretary for the parliament secretariat were asked to be respondents of the writ.

The petition cited that English is the official language, or one of the official languages, of 60 sovereign states, and is a co-official language of the UN, the European Union, and many other international and regional organizations.

The petition also said English is the de facto second official language of Bangladesh. All the organs of the state such as the legislative, judiciary, and executive use English almost every day, and that now it required official sanction.