The High Court Monday issued a rule asking the government to explain in three weeks why it should not be directed to declare March 7, the day Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman delivered his famous address, as the Historic National Day.
The father of the nation, Bangabandhu, had delivered the historical speech on March 7, 1971 at Race Course Maidan (present day Suhrawardy Udyan) inspiring the people of Bangladesh to go for the Liberation War of Bangladesh.
The HC bench of Justice Md Rezaul Haque and Justice Mohammad Ullah issued the rule on Monday after hearing a petition.
The court also asked the authorities concerned to show causes why they should not be ordered to construct a stage and a sculpture of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman delivering speech with waving finger at Suhrawardy Udyan where the historical speech was delivered.
The HC bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Mohammad Ullah also directed the cabinet secretary and finance secretary to submit a report before the court by December 12 on the steps taken for construction of the statue.
The petition to the HC was made by Supreme Court lawyer Bashir Ahmed.
The UNESCO announced the decision on October 31 at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.