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HC to govt: Include names of 208 freedom fighters in gazette

  • Published at 06:22 pm December 3rd, 2019
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The court said freedom fighters’ insolvency is a shame for the state

The High Court has directed government to include names of 208 freedom fighters in official gazette and take necessary measures to provide them with allowance.

The bench of Justice Zubayer Rahman Chowdhury and Justice Ahmed Sohel issued the order on Tuesday, after hearing the petition filed by 208 freedom fighters.

They filed the petition, challenging the government’s decision of removing their names from the freedom fighters list in 2016.

Barrister Toufiq Inam Tipu stood for the petitioners while Deputy Attorney General Amit Das represented the state, reports UNB.

The court also asked the Liberation War Affairs Ministry to scrutinize the freedom fighter’s list through physical appearance and complete the process within 90 days, Deputy Attorney General Amit Das said.

In its observation, the court said freedom fighters’ insolvency is a shame for the state. “The allowance given to freedom fighter is not a mercy but their right.”

In 2014, a list was sent to the Liberation War Affairs Ministry to include the names of some freedom fighters. 

However, the names of 208 freedom fighters were dropped from the list after scrutiny in 2016.

In 2016, the freedom fighters filed the writ petition with the High Court seeking cancellation of the order.