The Supreme Court has extended the stay order for two weeks that was given by High Court Division (HCD) over recognising 2,367 members of the guerrilla force, who participated in the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971, as freedom fighters.
The five-member Appellate Division bench led by the Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order today.
Earlier on October 8, Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division Justice Hasan Foez Siddique stayed the HCD verdict until October 30 following a petition filed by the government.
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.
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 cancelled the recognition of 2,367 members of a guerrilla force as freedom fighters.
The guerrilla force fought for Bangladesh during the Liberation War in 1971 and surrendered their arms to the then President, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, on January 30, 1972.