The High Court on Wednesday asked the government to inform it by Tuesday next about its plan on Suhrawardy Udyan where Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman delivered the historic 7th March Speech in 1971.
The HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader passed the order after hearing a writ petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer Dr Bashir Ahmed in 2017.The court also fixed Tuesday for further order.
The petitioner represented himself while Assistant Attorney General Mohammad Saiful Islam stood for the state during the hearing.
The writ petition was filed seeking HC directives to reinstate the stages at the same places where Bangabandhu had delivered the 7th March Speech, Pakistani force surrendered, and gratitude extended to then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by Bangladesh, and set up an statue of Bangabandhu, a museum and declare March 7 as the Historic National Day.
After hearing the writ on November 20, 2017, the High Court issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why directives should not be given to set up a Bangabandhu’s speech-mode sculpture at the place.
The court had also wanted to know as to why directives should not be given to take necessary steps to preserve the place for the next generation as a historical one.
On March 4, 2018, the HC issued another rule asking the government to explain as to why directives should not be given to set up a Bangabandhu’s speech-mode sculpture at the place where he had delivered the historic 7th March Speech in 1971.Source: UNB