Using “sangsod” instead of “songsod sodosyo”: HC rejects petition against Prothom Alo
The High Court has rejected a writ petition that sought its order on the government and Bangla daily Prothom Alo to stop use of the word "sangsod" instead of "songsod sodosyo" before the names of members of parliament (MP).
The HC bench of Justice Md Mozibur Rahman Miah and Justice Khizir Hayat passed the order today (May 22, 2022), considering that the petition was not presented before it properly.
However, the Prothom Alo's lawyer Mustafizur Rahman Khan told the HC bench that the newspaper does not use the word "Sangsod" before the MPs' names.
On May 16, three Supreme Court lawyers -- Mohammad Humayun Kabir Pallob, Mohammed Kawsar and Md Majedul Kader -- submitted the petition as a public interest litigation on behalf of rights organisation Law and Life Foundation.
The petitioner, in the plea, said that using the word "sangsod" instead of "songsod sodosyo" before the names of MPs is a violation of the constitution.
They also requested the HC to direct the government to take necessary measures against the editor and publisher of the Prothom Alo on charge of violating the constitution by using the word "sangsod" instead of "songsod sodosyo" on the newspaper.
Citing the petition, Mohammad Humayun Kabir Pallob told The Daily Star that the MPs will be treated as "Songsod Sodosyo" under the Article 65 of the constitution.
But, the Prothom Alo has been using word "sangsod" instead of "songsod sodosyo" for a long period of time, which is a violation of the constitution, the lawyer said.
The writ petitioner also said he will place the petition before the HC on Tuesday (May 24) for its hearing.