Dhaka, October 9: The Chamber Judge of the Supreme Court on Sunday stayed a High Court order that recognized 2,367 members of ’71 ‘guerilla force’ as freedom fighters.
Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division Hasan Foez Siddique came up with the order after hearing a petition filed by the state against the High Court order, and fixed the date for hearing on it on 30 October at a regular bench of the Appellate Division.
Additional attorney general Murad Reza stood for the state while Advocate Subrata Chowdhury argued for the freedom fighters.
On September 8, the High Court declared illegal the government order that had canceled the recognition of 2,367 members of ’71 ‘guerilla force’, formed with the leaders and activists of National Awami Party (NAP), Communist Party and Chhatra Union, after Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared the country’s independence on 26 March, 1971, as freedom fighters.
Later, the state filed a petition with the Supreme Court.
On 24 July, 2013, the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs published a gazette notification on the list of 2,367 guerrilla fighters, including Comrade Moni Singh and NAP President Prof Mozaffar Ahmed, as freedom fighters.
On 29 October, 2014, the government cancelled the gazette notification.
NAP president Pankaj Bhattacharya filed the writ petition challenging legality of the cancellation in 2014.
On January 19, 2015, the HC issued a rule asking the government to explain why the cancellation would not be declared illegal and unlawful.
The court also stayed the government action that cancelled the recognition of 2,367 members of a guerrilla force as freedom fighters.