The High Court directed government officials, journalists and others not to term any freedom fighter fake, a word which is insulting to all liberation war heroes.
A division bench comprising Justice Nazmul Ahsan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader passed the order on Tuesday following a petition in this regard.The High Court cautioned people within the government, individuals, public and private organisations that violation of its order will result in legal action.
“If anyone violates the order, he or she will be summoned,” the court said.
“The court said that anyone can claim himself as a freedom fighter by showing a forged certificate. In such case, if the word ‘fake’ is used before the freedom fighters, it corresponds to an insult to all the freedom fighters in the country,” Deputy Attorney General ABM Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar, who represented the state, told reporters.
Quoting the High Court, he said if a person claims himself to be a freedom fighter on the basis of fake certificate, he/she may be punished as per Muktijoddha Council Act, 2002.
The image of all the freedom fighters cannot be tarnished by using word “fake” for fault of one single person, the court opined.
Earlier, nine freedom fighters filed a writ petition challenging the legality of the upazila level committees to verify lists of freedom fighters.The petition says the government’s gazette notification about the list of freedom fighters is recognized as the final list. It can only be cancelled if investigations are initiated over specific allegations.