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Labour court summons Nobel Laureate Dr Yunus

  • Published at 07:15 pm January 13th, 2020
Dr Mohammad Yunus
File photo of Dr Muhammad Yunus Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

A case has been filed against Yunus and 3 others for violating labour rules

A labour court in Dhaka summoned Grameen Communications Chairman, Nobel Laureate Dr Muhammad Yunus, and three others, to court.

Dhaka 3 Labour Court Chairman Rahibul Islam issued the order, asking them to appear before the court on February 6, confirmed Labour Court Staff Member Jamal Uddin, on Monday.

The three other Grameen Communications officials summoned by the court are Managing Director Naznin Sultana and Director Abdul Hai Khan, and Deputy General Manager Gouri Shankar.

On January 5, Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments Labour Inspector (general) Tariqul Islam filed a case with the Dhaka 3rd Labour Court against Dr Yunus and the three others for violating 10 rules of the Labour Act.

According to the case statement, the plaintiff found violations of several labour rules when he visited the Grameen Communications office on October 10, 2019.

On April 30, last year, the organization was asked to fix their faults and on May 7, Grameen Communications submitted their written explanations that were not satisfactory, it said.

The plaintiff on October 10, 2019, again visited the organization and found proof of violation of 10 sections of the labour law and asked them about it on October 28, 2019.

The defendants took time for giving their statements but they did not do so and they violated the labour law, the case details mentioned.

On July 3, 2019, sacked Grameen Communications Workers, Employees Union general secretary Abdus Salam, publicity secretary Shah Alam, and another person filed three cases against Yunus, after they were sacked in June for forming a trade union at the workplace.

The 3rd Labour Court issued an arrest warrant for Dr Yunus on October 9, 2019, when he failed to appear in court in connection with the cases.

On October 28, the High Court ordered the authorities concerned not to harass Dr Yunus at the airport.

Yunus was granted till November 7 to surrender upon his return home.

On November 3, after appearing before the court, Yunus was granted bail when he surrendered.