The High Court on Tuesday stayed the effectiveness of a government notification that cancelled freedom fighter status of 119 members of Border Guard of Bangladesh (BGB).
The HC bench of Justice JBM Hassan passed the order after holding a virtual hearing on two separate writ petitions filed by the 119 BGB personnel challenging the government decision.
The stay order will remain in force till reopening of the regular court activities after the ongoing closure, according to the HC order.
Now there is no bar for the 119 BGB men to get benefits as freedom fighters, said Barrister Abdul Qaium, a counsel for the writ petitioners.
These BGB men joined in now defunct BDR as freedom fighters and they had been included in the gazette notification of the list of freedom fighters after scrutinising their relevant documents and papers, added the lawyer.
On June 07, the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs issued a gazette notification cancelling freedom fighter status of 1,134 BGB personnel, including the 119 writ petitioners, on charges of obtaining the status by placing fake documents.