HC Scraps 10 Percent Quota System for Including FFs in Gazette

High Court || Photo: Collected

High Court || Photo: Collected

The High Court (HC) today scrapped a Jatio Muktijoddha Council (Jamuka) provision keeping 10 percent quota system for including real Freedom Fighters (FFs) in the official gazette.

A High Court division bench comprising Justice KM Kamrul Kader and Justice Muhammad Mahbub Ul Islam passed the order after holding a hearing on separate writ petitions filed in this regard.

Jamuka on April 18, 2019, issued a circular, saying for including Freedom Fighters’ in official gazette; authorities cannot include more than 10 percent of the existing number of gazetted Freedom Fighters under each upazilla.

"The writ petitioners were included at the 'Ka' list of Freedom Fighters by the upazilla verification committee in 2017. But because of this 10 percent quota system, many of them were left out of the gazette, forcing them to challenge the circular with the High Court," Advocate Toufik Inam Tipu, who moved the petitions before the court, told newsmen.

The lawyer said none can regulate the number of real Freedom Fighters through any act. It is unconstitutional also. The number of real Freedom Fighters can be more or less than 10 percent of those who have already been gazetted. You cannot leave any real Freedom Fighter out of gazette and cannot add a single fake Freedom Fighter in that, he added.

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