The High Court Division on Monday issued a rule on the government asking it to explain by December 10 why ‘Joi Bangla’ would not be declared as the country’s national slogan.
A bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Mohammad Ullah issued the rule after hearing a public interest litigation writ petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer and a former SC chapter president of Bangabandhu Awami Ainjibi Parishad Bashir Ahmed.
Respondents, secretaries of the cabinet division, and the ministries of law and education were asked to reply to the rule at the next hearing on December 10.
The petitioner submitted that the Joi Bangla chant inspired millions of freedom loving Bangalis to fight against Pakistan’s occupation army ‘under Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s leadership’ during the Liberation War.
He submitted a list of 61 countries that have their own mottos. ‘One Nation, One Culture,’ is the American motto, he submitted.