12:00 AM, May 09, 2014 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, May 09, 2014

BB directive goes against HC order

BB directive goes against HC order

Staff Correspondent

The central bank has asked banks to use Bangla for advertisements in all media, including English newspapers, which is contradictory to the latest directive of the High Court.
The HC in a modified directive on April 29 allowed English newspapers to publish advertisements in English.
The Banking Regulation and Policy Department of BB issued a circular giving the instructions to all chief executives of banks based on a court verdict in February, said an official of the department.
The court on February 17 asked the government to take necessary measures in a month to ensure the use of Bangla in all advertisements in the electronic and print media.
But the HC came up with the modified order when Deputy Attorney General Biswajit Roy brought the issue before it.
The HC bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice ABM Altaf Hossain extended the time until May 15 for the government to submit a report on the compliance of the February 17 order.
In response to a writ petition, the HC in its earlier order also asked the government to ensure the use of Bangla on the nameplates of vehicles, signboards and billboards across the country.
The central bank is bound to comply with the High Court orders, said Mahfuzur Rahman, executive director and spokesperson of Bangladesh Bank.
“We will take necessary steps after getting the latest order from the High Court.”



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