The High Court has ordered the reopening of capital’s Lakehead Grammar School which was closed down by the government on allegation of militant links.
The High Court bench of Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice Md Ataur Rahman Khan passed the order on Tuesday morning after completion of hearing.
The bench ordered the Dhanmondi and Gulshan branches of the school to be reopened within 24 hours in response to petitions filed from the school and some guardians.
Issuing the order, the bench also directed the school authorities to cooperate with investigators in probe if allegation of militancy and extremism is raised against the institution in the future.
Earlier, on November 7, the Education Ministry ordered the Dhaka’s district administration to seal off Lakehead Grammar School for patronizing militancy and their involvement in anti-state activities.
A letter signed by the Education Ministry’s Joint Secretary Salma Jahan cited that the school had no approval from the government.
Both the Dhanmondi and Gulshan branches of the school were sealed in the evening of the same day under the supervision of a magistrate.
Later, Khaled Hassan Matin, a proprietor of the school and guardians of 12 students, filed three petitions challenging the legality of the decision to shut down the branches of the school.
Then on November 9, in response to the petitions, the High Court issued a rule asking the government to explain why suspension of academic activities of three branches of Lakehead Grammar School in Dhaka should not be declared illegal.
The school was founded back in 2006 and had several branches in Dhanmondi and Gulshan.
The Education Ministry said the school was instigating religious extremism, patronizing extremist organizations and conducting anti-state activities.
The government investigated some directors and teachers of the school after receiving complaints over their connection with militancy, said an official at the Education Ministry, requesting anonymity.
He added that the investigators found the allegations true. “Some people involved with the school have been detained by the police,” the official said.
Notably, founder of the school, Rezwan Harun has gone missing after coming to Dhaka from London recently.
He has allegations of financing and abetting militancy.
Police are yet to arrest him for militancy links.
The Education Ministry, in a report on January 23 this year, directed the law enforcement agencies to bring in Harun for his subversive activities.