The bench of Justice Md Ashfaqul Islam and Mohammad Ali issued the summon to Dr Kazi on Wednesday and he is to appear in court on July 30
The High Court has summoned Dr Kazi Ertaza Hassan – a writ petitioner– for concealing information when seeking a High Court order regarding the distortion of history in the book “Bangladesh Bank Er Itihash” (History of Bangladesh Bank).
The bench of Justice Md Ashfaqul Islam and Mohammad Ali issued the summon to Dr Kazi on Wednesday and he is to appear in court on July 30.
Barrister ABM Altaf Hossain represented writ petitioner Kazi, while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam and Barrister Ajmalul Hossain QC represented Bangladesh Bank. Deputy Attorney General Al-Amin Sarker represented the state.
Talking to reporters, Al-Amin Sarker said that after the discovery of some inconsistencies in the book, the Bangladesh Bank governor was ordered to stop distribution of the book immediately following its publication, and to formulate a review committee led by a deputy governor. But Dr Kazi failed to mention in his writ petition, the Bangladesh Bank's initiatives in reviewing and discovering inconsistencies in the book.
Notably, on February 19, the High Court directed the government to immediately recall all copies of the book from the market.
Earlier, in September, a national daily had published two reports saying that autocrat Ayub Khan and “ghost of Pakistan” are mentioned in the book, but Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the Awami League government’s role were not included, motivating Dr Kazi , an FBCCI director, to file the writ.
The Bangladesh Bank governor ordered a halt to the distribution of the book on September 15, 2018, following criticism on social media. He also formed a committee headed by a deputy governor to edit the book again.
The High Court on October 2, 2018, ordered the government to investigate the allegations about the distortion of history in the book.
It also asked in a set of rules, why distorting history by including photos of Ayub Khan and Monem Khan but not Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s image, should not be declared beyond the legal authority of the publisher.