Three separate cases against Yunus and 2 others were filed for illegal sacking of employees
The High Court has stayed an arrest warrant against the country’s only Nobel Laureate Dr Muhammad Yunus in three cases filed over illegal sacking of employees in Grameen Communications.
The High Court bench of Justice Muhammad Abdul Hafiz and Justice Ahmed Sohel also stayed the procedures of the cases after hearing a plea from Dr Yunus’ lawyer on Monday.
Barrister Rokanuddin Mahmud stood for Dr Yunus.
In his plea, the counsel said his client is abroad for business purposes therefore, it was not possible for him to appear before the Labour Court Tribunal in person.
According to details of the cases, some employees of Grameen Communications wanted to form a trade union, which was not allowed by the company and later those employees were sacked.
Thereafter, three employees of Grameen Communications filed three separate cases against its Chairman Dr Yunus, Managing Director Naznin Sultana, and Deputy General Manager Khandaker Abu Abedin.
The plaintiffs of the cases are Grameen Communications Workers’ Union general secretary Abdus Salam, publicity secretary Shah Alam, and a member of the union Emranul Haque.
In the cases, they accused the trio of sacking them illegally for their role in the formation of a trade union at their workplace.
The accused were asked to appear before the court on October 8.
As Dr Yunus did not appear before the court at the appointed time, an arrest warrant was issued against him by Dhaka 3rd Labour Court Chairman Rohibul Islam on October 9.
Dr Yunus’s lawyer Raju Ahmed at that time informed the court that his client was abroad, and he will appear before it after returning to Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, the court granted bail to Naznin, and Abedin when they appeared before it, and sought bail.
Grameen Communications, however does not have any link with Grameen Bank.