SC upholds HC order on minimum age for FF
Published: 09:58 PM, 19 June 2019
Appellate division’s chamber court upholds the High Court’s ban order on the amended declaration of Ministry of Liberation War Affairs on freedom fighters’ minimum age of 12 years and six months until 30 November 1971.
The court sent the matter to full bench of Appellate Division for hearing. The hearing will be held on 23 July. At present, the High Court order is in force, lawyers said.
Appeal Division Chamber Justice Nuruzzaman passed the order on Wednesday.
Former Attorney ABM Altaf Hossain and Barrister Omar Sadat stood on behalf writ while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represented the state.
Earlier, High court on May 19, 2019 declared invalid the amended declaration of Ministry of Liberation War Affairs on freedom fighters’ minimum age of 12 years and six months until 30 November 1971. The court said, not just Bangladesh, anywhere in the world the freedom fighters do not obstruct the age frames.
The High Court of Justice Sheikh Hasan Arif and Justice Rajik Al Jalil announced the verdict. Later, the petition was adjourned until the appeal was adjourned.
In 2018, the court imposed rule why the verdict did not declared invalid over freedom fighters minumum age 12 years, till November 30, 1971.
Ministry of Liberation War Affairs, Freedom Fighter, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Secretary, Finance Secretary, National Freedom Fighters' Council (Jamuka) Director General and Director General of Bangladesh Geological Survey Directorate are asked to respond to this rule.
On January 17, 2018, the minimum age of the freedom fighters was fixed at the age of 13 years for 12 years and six months through a circular issued by the ministry. Later, 15 people of the aggrieved people filed a writ petition in the High Court.
In fact, in the first gazette, in 2016, it is said that till March 26, 1971, the minimum age of the freedom fighters will be 13 years. Then on January 17, through a circular, he amended the gazette and said that till 30 November 1971, the freedom fighters should be 12 years and 6 months old.