Foreign flags galore during WC, court issues rule
The High Court on Monday issued a rule about use of foreign flags that have been widely noticed during the current Football World Cup.
The court has sought explanation as to why the inact6ion of the authorities concerned to stop hoisting of foreign flags in the country should not be declared illegal, reports UNB.
In the rule, the court wanted to know as to why the authorities should not be directed to publicise in the people’s interest the rules of hoisting the national flag and the foreign flags as per the Bangladesh Flag Rules.
A bench of justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and justice Md Salim issued the rule after hearing a writ petition filed in the form of public interest litigation.
Four people, including home affairs, liberation war affairs and information secretaries, have been made respondents to the rule which is returnable in two weeks.
On 25 June, Dhaka University teacher Manjurul Haq and 12 others filed a writ with the High Court seeking its directive to ban unauthorised hoisting of foreign flags across the country during the Football World Cup.
According to rules of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, 1972, there are restrictions on the use of foreign flags.
Foreign and national flag will have to be hoisted in two separate pillars but football fans are seen to host foreign and national flags in a single pillar where a small size of nation flag is hosted atop.
The size of the national and foreign flag would be of equal size. But no one abides by the law.