The High Court on Tuesday ordered legal action against those involved in damaging a sculpture of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Kushtia.
A division bench comprising Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul Alam passed the order, following a writ petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer Uttam Kumar Lahery.It is the second order of the apex court regarding the vandalism of Bangabandhu’s sculpture in Kushtia and countrywide anti-sculpture protest instigated by Hefazat-e-Islam chief Junaid Babunagari and Islami Andolan Bangladesh Nayeb-e-Ameer Syed Muhammad Faizul Karim.
A day ago, another HC bench in an order asked the authorities concerned to take proper measures to protect murals and sculptures of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman across the country.
The bench led by Justice Md Khairul Alam issued a rule, asking the home ministry, police and other authorities concerned to show cause as to why their inaction to protect Bangabandhu sculptures shall not be declared illegal.
Secretaries to the home, liberation and religion affairs ministries, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Director General of Bangladesh Islamic Foundation and Khatib of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque have been made respondents to the rule and the directive.
Bangladesh Islamic Foundation DG and Baitul Mukarram National Mosque Khatib have been directed to issue sermons during prayers at mosques to remove confusion over sculpture. The court also asked them to make campaign in the print and electronic media to motivate people in this regard.
Religious leaders, especially Islamic Foundation DG and Baitul Mukarram Khatib will have to make people understand that monuments, statues, portraits and murals of Bangabandhu are the symbol of independence, history, heritage and glory of Bangladesh and not contradictory to the religion.Senior Supreme Court lawyers, including Shah Monjurul Hoque and Nahid Sultana Juthi, appeared for the petitioner while Attorney General AM Amin Uddin stood for the state.
Talking to the Daily Sun, Shah Monjurul Hoque said the authorities are bound to protect sculptures of Bangabandhu and monuments of independence and punish those involved in damaging sculpture as per Article 7 A of the Constitution.