The High Court on March 3 ordered the government not to bar Afroza leaving the country or returning home from abroad
The High Court on Monday cleared the way for top BNP leaders – Mirza Abbas and his wife Afroza Abbas – to travel abroad and return home freely.
The bench of Justice Tariq ul Hakim and Justice Md Shohrowardi gave the order after hearing a writ petition filed by them.
The court ordered the government not to prevent BNP Standing Committee member Mirza Abbas, and Jatiyatabadi Mohila Dal President Afroza Abbas, leaving the country or returning home from abroad, their lawyer advocate Sagir Hossain Leon told Dhaka Tribune.
He said Mirza and Afroza will travel to Singapore for treatment on Wednesday.
Following the same petition, the High Court on March 3 ordered the government not to stop Afroza from leaving the country or returning home from abroad.
He said Afroza Abbas was at the airport on March 2 to go to Malaysia to visit relatives at a hospital there, but the duty immigration officer prevented her from boarding her flight. Later, the official told her that she could not go abroad.
Following the incident, she filed a writ petition with the High Court the next day.
The same day, the High Court also issued a rule asking the government to explain why the immigration officer’s action to bar Afroza from going abroad should not be declared illegal, advocate Leon added.
Secretary of the home ministry and director general of Department of Immigration & Passports have been made respondents to the rule, among others.
“Both the BNP leaders feared that the authorities may create a similar situation this time around, so they filed a writ petition with the court for both of them,” Leon said.