The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has cleared the way for publication of gazette on the ninth wage board for the journalists hiking their salaries and benefits.
Following the apex court order, the government is free to go ahead with issuing gazette which was earlier blocked by an order of the High Court.A four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order on Tuesday.
The order came as the government moved to the Appellate Division seeking withdrawal of status quo imposed by the High Court on publication of the wage board gazette.
On August 6, the High Court halted for two months publication of the gazette notification of the ninth wage board for journalists.
The court also directed the government and other stakeholders to maintain status quo on the issue during the stipulated period.
A division bench comprising Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice Mohammad Ali passed the order.
Newspaper Owners’ Association of Bangladesh (NOAB) represented by its chief and Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman filed a writ petition with the High Court challenging the legality of the ninth wage board.Earlier on June 16, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said wage board will be announced soon subject to clearance by the cabinet and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.