Former chief justice ABM Khairul Haque has stressed using Bangla for writing verdicts in the High Court as an honour for Language Movement martyrs.
He made the call after visiting the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka on International Mother Language Day on Wednesday.
Haque, who currently heads Bangladesh Law Commission, said: “Bangla should be used at all levels at the High Court. It is possible if the chief justice and others are willing to do so.”
Haque started writing verdicts in Bangla in 2007 when he was a High Court judge. He continued the practice after being promoted to chief justice.
Former chief justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman also followed the trend.
Justice ARM Amirul Islam Chowdhury used to write the orders and verdicts in Bangla, according to a write-up by Justice Haque.
According to the Bangla Language Introduction Act 1987, all letters, records, legal notices and other legal orders must be written in Bangla by all government offices, courts and semi-government institutions, with the only exception being in the cases of correspondences to foreign organisations.