HC questions legality of committee to verify FF
Tribune Online Report

  • Freedom fighters march as part of Muktijoddha Bahini at Victory Day parade 
    Photo- Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The High Court has issued a rule asking Jatio Muktijoddha Council (Jamuka) why its attempts to verify and make a list of real Freedom Fighters should not be declared illegal.

The High Court (HC) bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice JBM Hassan issued the rule on Monday, asking officials including the Liberation War affairs secretary and the Jamuka director general to explain in two weeks as to why the court shall not declare illegal a committee formed by Jamuka to verify Freedom Fighters and their public notices.

“The court issued the order following a writ petition filed by nine Freedom Fighters,” Advocate Hasnat Qaium, counsel of the complainants, told the newsmen.

Jamuka published a notice on a daily newspaper announcing it was making an official list of 'real' Freedom Fighters on December 12, and another on January 5 announcing change of date for the screening.

Advocate Hasnat informed that the last gazette published by the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs was the final official list of Freedom Fighters. Changes to the list require specific complaints and an investigation by the ministry.

“Without meeting these requirements, Jamuka does not have the authority to put gazetted freedom fighters under further verification process; also no other committee can be formed to verify the legitimacy of the gazetted freedom fighters,” he said.

Freedom Fighter Rafiqul Alam and nine others filed a writ at the High Court challenging the legitimacy of the notice issued by committee formed by Jamuka to verify Freedom Fighters. 

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