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Status quo on drive against black glasses in vehicles

Star Online Report
This May 11 photo shows a policeman tears off the tinted sheet from the window of a sports car on Minto Road in the capital.
This May 11 photo shows a policeman tears off the tinted sheet from the window of a sports car on Minto Road in the capital.

Ten days after the government started a drive against tinted glass in vehicles, the High Court today asked the authorities to maintain status quo for two weeks on its action prohibiting use of black glasses.

In response to a writ petition, the court in a rule sought explanation from the government in four weeks as to why the decision to prohibit tinted glasses in vehicles should not be declared illegal.

Following the HC order people can use black glasses for the two weeks, Manzill Murshid, lawyer of the petitioners, told The Daily Star.

The HC bench of Justice Mirza Hussain Haider and Justice Muhammad Khurshid Alam Sarkar came up with the order and rule after hearing a petition filed by two Supreme Court lawyers.

The SC lawyers -- advocates Assaduzzaman Siddique and Aklas Uddin Bhuiyan -- submitted the petition on May 14 challenging the legality of home ministry's decision to prohibit use of black glasses.

The home ministry on April 30 suggested that vehicles with black glasses are being used for abduction and killing people.

The petitioners said that there is no scope to prohibit the use of black glasses in vehicles according to the relevant laws.

Home secretary and deputy secretary, inspector general of police, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner, and DMP joint commissioner (traffic) have been made respondents to the rule.

Published: 2:58 pm Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Last modified: 11:08 pm Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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