• Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Failure to Use Bangla

Contempt of court sought against 6 secys

Staff Correspondent

A contempt of court petition was filed with the High Court yesterday against six secretaries for not executing its directive on the use of Bangla in media advertisements, on nameplates of government offices, vehicles registration plates, signboards and billboards.
Supreme Court lawyer Eunus Ali Akond submitted the petition, and prayed to the court to summon the officials to hear their explanations for not complying with the order.
He also urged the court to issue a rule upon the secretaries to explain as to why contempt of court proceedings should not be brought against them for not executing the order.
The six officials are secretaries to the cabinet division, and law, home, cultural affairs, information, and education ministries.
Following a writ petition on February 17, the HC ordered the secretaries to take necessary steps to ensure in one month the use of Bangla in all advertisements of electronic and print media, and on the nameplates of government offices [except foreign embassies and organisations] and vehicle registration plates, signboards and billboards across the country.
In the petition, Eunus Ali said the secretaries did not execute the HC order, which is similar to contempt of court.
The HC bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice ABM Altaf Hossain may hear the petition today, he told The Daily Star.

Published: 12:00 am Monday, April 07, 2014

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