The High Court yesterday directed the government to declare March 7 as "National Historic Day" since Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman delivered his historic speech on March 7, 1971, inspiring the nation to go for the Liberation War.
In the speech, at the then Race-course Maidan (now Suhrawardy Udyan), Bangabandhu called on the freedom-loving Bengalis to wage a decisive struggle against the Pakistani rulers.
While hearing a writ petition, the HC ordered the cabinet secretary to issue a gazette notification in a month in this regard.
It also asked the authorities concerned to set up murals of Bangabandhu in all upazilas and districts across the country during the Mujib Borsho and to submit a compliance report in a month.
Besides, the HC issued a rule asking the government to explain why it should not be directed to include Bangabandhu's historic March 7 Speech in textbooks for all students so that they can learn about the significance of the speech.
The court also ordered the authorities to build a liberty tower at the place where Bangabandhu gave the speech, Deputy Attorney General Abdullah-Al-Mahmud Bashar told The Daily Star.
The HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader came up with the order and rule while hearing the petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer Bashir Ahmed in November 2017.
Following the petition, another HC bench on November 20 that year issued a rule asking the government to explain why it should not be directed to declare March 7 as "National Historic Day".