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HC rules on use of Bangla everywhere

  • Published at 03:52 pm February 17th, 2014

The High Court yesterday ruled that all signboards, number plates of vehicles and the names of mass media should be written in Bangla everywhere.

It issued a ruling, asking the government why it should not be directed to take steps for implementing and ensuring the use of Bangla in every sphere soon.

Hearing a writ petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer Eunus Ali Akond, the bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice ABM Altaf Hossain also ordered the authorities concerned to inform the court without delay on the compliance of the order. However, the order would not be applicable for the embassies and foreign institutions, the court said.

On February 9, 2011, a report of the Bangladesh Law Commission recommended that the government enforce use of Bangla in the judiciary.

“If the government issues two circulars on the Code of Civil Procedure and the Code of Criminal Procedure, specifying Bangla as the language of the court, Bangla will be implemented in the courts,” the commission said. Parliament and the executive use Bangla in every proceeding, it said.

The writ petition sought the High Court’s directive for enforcing the Bangla Bhasha Procholon Ain (Bengali Language Implementation Act 1987) in all government and semi-government institutions and courts.

According to the law, all proceedings at government offices and courts in Bangladesh must be in Bangla. Communication with foreign missions, however, can be made in other languages.

The court fixed April 1 for the next order in the plea written in Bangla.

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