The High Court (HC) has ordered verbally to use 'Joy Bangla' as the national slogan in all kind of state programmes from December 16 onwards. The verdict on the matter will be delivered on January 14.
A bench of Chief Justice F R M Nazmul Ahsan and Justice K M Kamrul Quader passed the order today (Tuesday).The lawyers later informed that the high officials of the state will come under the obligation of pronouncing the slogan during starting and after the completion of any state function from the nex Victory Day (December 16).
A writ petition was filed on December 4, 2017 by Supreme Court lawyer Bashir Ahmed saying "Joy Bangla" was the slogan of freedom fighters as well as all people of Bangladesh during the Liberation War in 1971.
It will be a symbol of national spirit and patriotism among the future generation if it becomes the national slogan, he said.
Upon the writ a rule was issued by the bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Mohammad Ullah asking the government that why the slogan would not be declared as the national one.
The respondents to the rule were secretaries to the cabinet division, Law Ministry and Education Ministry.