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Writ seeks High Court order to stop unnecessary foreign travel of govt officials

Supreme Court lawyer Barrister Syed Sayedul Haque Suman filed the writ on Sunday

Update : 31 Jul 2022, 01:38 PM

A writ petition has been filed with the High Court, seeking directions to stop unnecessary foreign travels of government officials, defying orders.

Supreme Court lawyer Barrister Syed Sayedul Haque Suman filed the writ in public interest on Sunday.

The hearing may be held with the High Court bench comprising Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Khizir Hayat. 

This writ names the cabinet secretary, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), and other relevant authorities as defendants.

The writ mentions that a minister's personal secretary went abroad recently, defying a government notification issued on May 12 this year.

It also said that many other government officials are going abroad in the same way.

On May 12, the government, in a circular, barred government officials from traveling abroad unless its urgent to reduce the pressure on foreign exchange reserves.

The circular, issued by the finance ministry, said all foreign travel, including exposure visits, educational trips, APA and innovation-free travel, and participation in workshops or seminars, would remain postponed until further notice in the context of the post-Covid-19 economic recovery and the current global crisis.

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