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High Court orders Etihad Airways to compensate 2 Bangladeshi passengers 2C

  • Published at 05:08 pm October 8th, 2020
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File photo of the High Court Dhaka Tribune

The two passengers served a legal notice to Etihad Airways on July 5, 2011

The High Court has ordered Etihad Airways to pay Tk1 crore compensation each to two Bangladeshi passengers within 60 days.

The bench of Justice Md Ashraful Kamal and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil passed the order on Thursday. 

Advocate Manzill Murshid stood for the petitioners while Advocate Ajmalul Hossain QC represented Etihad Airways. 

The airline company will have to pay compensation to Tanzeen Bristy and her mother Nahid Sultana Juthi. Supreme Court lawyer Juthi is also the wife of Sheikh Fazle Shams Parash, chairman of Jubo League. 

According to the writ, on 28 June, 2011, two women were going to Canada on an Etihad Airways flight. They were harassed by airline staff mid-way at Abu Dhabi International Airport, and were forced to return to Dhaka at their own cost. 

Tanzeen Bristy and her mother served a legal notice on Etihad Airways on July 5, 2011.

In 2011, following a writ petition filed by Tanzeen Bristy, the High Court asked the inquiry committee of the Foreign Ministry to submit the incident probe report in one month after collecting the video footage from Etihad Airways.

On January 10, 2019, the High Court issued a rule asking the Etihad Airways authorities to explain why they should not be directed to pay compensation to the victims and why appropriate action should not be taken against them.

Secretary of the Foreign Ministry, chairman and secretary of the civil aviation, officer in-charge of the airport police station, manager and operation manager of the Etihad Airways have been made respondents to the rule. 

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