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HC for declaring March 7 a National Day

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The High Court has issued a rule upon the government to explain as to why directives should not be given to set up a Bangabandhu speech-mode sculpture and a museum at the place where the March 7 Speech was delivered, and declare the day a national one.

The HC bench of Justice Kazi Rezaul Haque and Justice Mohamamd Ullah passed the order on Monday after hearing a writ petition on the issue.

Six secretaries, including that of the Cabinet, Finance, Public Works, Culture and Education, were made respondents to the rule.

Besides, the court asked the cabinet secretary to submit comprehensive report by December 12 on the steps taken following issuance of the rule.

A writ petition was filed seeking HC directives to reinstate the stage at the place where Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had delivered the March 7 Speech, laid down by Pakistani Force and gratitude extended to then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by Bangladesh and set up an sculpture of Bangabandhu, a museum and declare the day as the national historic one.

Advocate Dr Basir Ahmed filed the petition on Sunday.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) on October 30 recognised the Bangabandhu’s historic March 7 as part of the world’s documentary heritage.

-SAM

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