Dhaka-The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday directed the parliament secretariat to submit the master plan of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban, which was designed by famous architect Louis I Kahn, before it in three months.A three-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha came up with the order during the hearing on an appeal filed by the government challenging a High Court order that had declared the residences of the speaker and deputy speaker near parliament building illegal.
In June 2004, in a verdict the HC declared illegal the construction of residences for the Speaker and Deputy Speaker in the Parliament premises.
After coming out from the court, Additional Attorney General Murad Reza told reporters that the apex curt directed the authorities concerned to submit the Luis Kahn’s master plan of the Parliament area within three months.
He also said that the HC had earlier declared illegal the residences of the speaker built at Parliament area. The apex court will examine the master plan of Luis I Khan. Hence, it wants the master plan.
He also said that the residences cannot be declared illegal without examining the master plan, which is now in the archive of Pennsylvania of State University in USA.
The government recently took initiatives to bring back the main design by Louis I Kahn for Agargaon area including the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) Bhaban from the Pennsylvania University in USA.
Louis Kahn designed the entire Jatiyo Sangsad complex, which includes lawns, lake and residences for the Members of the Parliament (MPs).
Murad Reza told The Independent that the HC order declaring illegal the construction of Speaker and Deputy Speaker at Parliament area was not right as it did not examine the master plan of the Luis I Khan. The HC should have examined the master plan of Luis I Khan before delivering the verdict, he added.
In its order, the HC had also ordered that the government should take steps to announce the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban as a world heritage.
Murad Reza said its is impossible to announce the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban as a world heritage as the structure of the Parliament is a symbol of the country’s sovereignty.
It may be mentioned that the Awami League government during its first regime had first come up with the idea of building the residences of the speaker and deputy speaker in the parliament complex. Its plan was stalled in the face of widespread protests.
The BNP-led coalition government later ignored all protests to launch construction work of the two residences on 1.3 acres of land at a cost of Tk 2.88 crore.