Govt order revoking Guerilla force illegal: HC

Govt order revoking Guerilla force illegal: HC

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Dhaka – The High Court on Thursday declared illegal the government order that had canceled the recognition of 2,367 members of ’71 ‘guerilla force’ as freedom fighters, UNB news agency reported.An HC bench of Justice Gobinda Chandra Thakur and Justice Abu Taher Mohammad Saifur Rahman passed the order after the final disposal of a rule hearing.
Tobarok Hossain, counsel for the writ petitioner, said the HC recognised 2,367 members of the guerilla force, formed with the leaders and activists of National Awami Party (NAP), Communist Party and Chhatra Union, after Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared the country’s independence on March 26, 1971, as freedom fighters.
The court also ordered the authorities concerned to provide them with all the facilities of the freedom fighters.
On July 24, 2013, the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs published a gazette notification on the list of 2,367 guerrilla fighters, including Comrade Moni Singh and NAP President Prof Mozaffar Ahmed, as freedom fighters.
The government on October 29, 2014 cancelled the gazette notification.
NAP president Pankaj Bhattacharya filed the writ petition challenging legality of the cancellation in 2014.
On January 19, 2015, the HC issued a rule asking the government to explain why the cancellation would not be declared illegal and unlawful.
The court also stayed the government action that canceled the recognition of 2,367 members of a guerilla force as freedom fighters.
Later on September 6, the court disposed of the final hearing of the writ and fixed today for final judgment.

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