The High Court yesterday directed the authorities to take necessary steps to preserve and display the portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in all courtrooms across the country within the next two months.
The court also issued a rule asking the respondents to explain within four weeks why their inaction in this regard should not be declared illegal.
Secretaries to the ministries of law, housing and public works, and finance, and the Supreme Court registrar general and the HC registrar have been made respondents to the rule.
The bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader came up with the order and rule after Supreme Court lawyer Subir Nandi Das filed a writ petition challenging the respondents’ inaction on August 21.
The lawyer told The Daily Star that there is an obligation of the respondents to preserve and display the portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the courtrooms as per the constitution.
Article 4(A) of the constitution says, “The portrait of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, shall be preserved and displayed at the offices of the president, the prime minister, the speaker, and the chief justice and in head and branch offices of all government and semi-government offices, autonomous bodies, statutory public authorities, government and non-government educational institutions, embassies and missions of Bangladesh abroad.”