The court asked to be informed of the steps taken thus far and the progress made in implementing the directives, which includes the preparation of a list of Language Movement veterans and construction of a library and a Language Movement museum beside the Shaheed Minar, within six months.
High Court bench of Justice Naima Haider and Justice Abu Taher Md. Saifur Rahman passed the order on Sunday, asking the cultural affairs secretary to comply with it.
In 2010 the Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB) filed a writ petition to the High Court, asking that necessary directives be placed upon the government to uphold the dignity and sanctity of the Central Shaheed Minar.
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In August that year, after completing the hearing, the court announced the eight-point directive and said the matter would be continuously monitored.
On February 16 this year, the HRPB filed a petition informing the court that most of the directives had yet to be implemented.
HRPB lawyer, Advocate Manzill Murshid, said though the directives had been issued to maintain the spirit of language movement, most had been ignored.
“So we filed the supplementary petition and the court has now asked the government to take steps and inform it of the progress within six months,” he stated.