The notice comes a day after the government pulls the faulty Razakar list
A Supreme Court lawyer has sent a legal notice to Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq and Liberation War Affairs Secretary Arif-ur-Rahman, asking them to unconditionally apologise within 24 hours to the nation for releasing a Razakar list that contained names of freedom fighters.
Advocate SM Zulfiqure Ali sent the notice on Thursday.
In the notice, he said that legal action would be taken against the minister and the secretary for violating the constitution and tarnishing the characters of freedom fighters, if they do not unconditionally apologise to the nation.
He added that the names of many freedom fighters who directly participated in the 1971 War of Independence were included in the Razakar list published by the Liberation War Affairs Ministry last Sunday. Some members of martyrs’ families were also included on it.
The freedom fighters have been hurt and disrespected by this, which has brought shame to both the country and the nation, read the notice.
It also said that the liberation war affairs minister committed a punishable offence through this wrongdoing.
The notice, however, came a day after the ministry pulled the faulty Razakar list, following instructions from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The prime minister’s order, to further scrutinise the list and fix the mistakes, came hot on the heels of a series of criticisms and protests from all quarters that called for immediate corrections and punishment of those responsible for the blunder since Monday.