The High Court yesterday issued a rule asking two Jamaat-e-Islami leaders why calling a shutdown in defiance of a verdict, which declared the party's registration illegal, should not be contempt of court.
Jamaat on August 1 through a statement announced shutdown for August 12-13 following the verdict.
The court also summoned Rafiqul Islam Khan, the Jamaat acting secretary general, and Mohammad Ibrahim of the central publicity department to appear before the court on September 16 to explain the remarks they made in the statement.
A vacation bench comprising Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice ABM Altaf Hossain passed the order after taking into cognisance some recent newspaper reports put forward by lawyer Masood Reza Sobhan.
The lawyer said the country could not be shut down by calling a hartal against a High Court verdict."There is scope to appeal against the verdict if the Jamaat men are not happy with the judgement."
The statement signed by Ibrahim quoted Rafiqul as saying that the party would continue their movement against the verdict, which they termed unconstitutional, undemocratic and wrong. Rafiqul also alleged that the verdict reflected the government's political motives.