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Govt served legal notice for alleged violation of Hajj pilgrims’ freedom of choice

The notice asks the ministry to announce a new hajj package and reduce airfares

Update : 12 Mar 2023, 02:08 PM

A legal notice has been sent to the Ministry of Religious Affairs alleging that the government forces Bangladeshi hajj pilgrims to purchase air tickets from specific airlines, thereby violating their rights and freedom of choice. 

The notice asked the ministry to announce a new hajj package by revising and modifying the current one and reducing airfares.

Supreme Court lawyer Al Mamun Russel sent the notice on behalf of the three petitioners named Habibur Rahman, Abdul Aziz, and Abdul Hai. 

Lawyer Al Mamun said that this notice has been sent to the secretary of the Hajj Division of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, the secretary of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, the chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh, and the managing director of Biman Bangladesh Airlines.

He said that legal action will be taken if no step is taken within a week of receiving the notice.

On February 1, the government finalized Tk6,83,018 for the hajj package this year under government management, which is around Tk96,000-Tk1,00,000 more than 2022.

A Bangladeshi will have to spend at least Tk6.83 lakh to perform hajj under government management this year, up by around Tk1.61 lakh from the previous year. The minimum cost for performing hajj under private management is Tk6.72 lakh this year, about Tk1.5 lakh more than that of the last year.

Meanwhile, airfares have been raised from Tk1,40,000 last year to Tk1,97,797.

The notice also focuses on several other neighbouring countries' hajj packages, and how the prices are reasonable compared to Bangladesh. 

The Hajj will be held on June 27 subject to sighting of the moon.

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