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SC extends stay on HC order to recognize 2,367 freedom fighters

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court today extended a stay imposed by apex court on a High Court order that had asked to recognize 2,367 members of 1971 guerilla force as Freedom Fighters for two weeks more.

A five-member Appellate Division panel headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order today.

Earlier on October 9, the SC chamber judge court stayed that order and sent the matter to the full bench for further hearing today.

The High Court on September 8 had asked the government to recognize these 2,367 guerilla fighters as Freedom Fighters.

A High Court division bench comprising Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore and Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman passed the order after hearing a writ petition filed in this regard.

Senior lawyer Tabarak Hossain and Subrata Chowdhury had moved the petition, while SM Rezaul Karim stood for the Jatiya Muktijoddha Council. Deputy attorney general SM Nazmul Haque took part in the hearing on behalf of the state.

"The court has ordered to recognize these 2,367 guerilla fighters from National Awami Party (NAP), Communist Party and Chhatra Union as Freedom Fighters and asked the government to give proper status, dignity and facilities to them," Tabarak Hossain told the newsmen on that day.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)