SC to hear plea challenging Islam as state religion Mar 19
The Supreme Court today fixed March 19 next year for hearing an appeal challenging a High Court order that had justified the constitutional provision giving Islam the status of state religion of Bangladesh.
A full bench of the Appellate Division of the SC will hold hearing on the appeal filed by SC lawyer Advocate SM Goswami.
Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division of the SC Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain set the date after a brief hearing on the appeal.
On September 7 last year, the HC summarily rejected a writ petition that challenged the constitutional provision giving Islam the status of state religion of the country.
SM Goswami had filed the writ petition with the HC claiming that the constitutional provision has violated the basic structures of the constitution regarding secularism and equality before law.
In his defence, he referred to article 12 of the constitution that prohibits granting political status by the state in favour of any religion and the abuse of religion for political purposes.
Goswami filed the appeal with the apex court on November 11 challenging the HC order.