Leaders of Bangladesh Hindu-Bouddha-Christian Oikya Parishad yesterday sought intervention of the Prime Minister to implement the Vested Property Return Act immediately.
“Though Vested Property Return (Amendment) Act was adopted in the parliament in 2001 and several positive amendments were done between 2011 to 2013, no land has been returned to any victim so far,” said general secretary of Bangladesh Hindu-Bouddha-Christian Oikya Parishad Rana Dasgupta at a human chain at Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka.
He said although 1.62 lakh petitions of returning vested properties were filed with the tribunal, only 10,000 cases were disposed in the tribunal and appellate tribunal so far.
If the trend of disposing the petitions goes like this way, it may take 50 years more to dispose all, he said.
According to the law, it is the duty of district administrators to return the land to its real owner after the disposal of a petition, but they did not do so, giving the excuse of writ petition to the High Court, the leaders of Oikya Parishad said.
Law Ministry had issued a positive circular in this regard on April 3 but a letter was issued from a deputy secretary of the cabinet division on April 25 asking the land secretary to take necessary steps after examining legal sides of the circular. This was the latest step in a “bureaucratic conspiracy”, they said.
Oikya Parishad demanded immediate implementation of the High Court's directives regarding the Vested Property Return Act.
Leaders of the Oikya Parishad announced that they would go to district administrator's offices and submit memorandum to the Prime Minister on July 30 in this regard as part of their movement.