HC scraps age limit for freedom fighters' eligibility

Published: May 19, 2019 16:48:28 | Updated: May 19, 2019 18:29:14

The High Court has scrapped three government circulars imposing a minimum age of 12 and a half years to be eligible for the status of a freedom fighter.

The bench comprising Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil passed the order on Sunday, disposing of a rule issued earlier in this regard, report BSS and bdnews24.com.

The High Court in its order also declared unconstitutional the definition of a “valiant Freedom Fighter” by setting up an age limit by section 2. 11 of Freedom Fighters’ Welfare Trust Act.

The High Court earlier issued the rule asking the concerned authorities to explain why the amended gazette notification shall not be declared beyond legal authority.

The court had asked Liberation War Affairs Ministry, its secretary, joint secretary, power and energy secretary, finance secretary, Jatiya Muktijoddha Command Council director general and director general of Department of Geological Survey to respond.

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