Update September 7, 2015

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High Court rejects petition on state religion

Sumel Sarker

High Court, Bangladesh

High Court rejects petition on state religion

07 Septembar 2015, Nirapad News: The High Court has rejected a petition questioning whether declaring Islam as the state religion in the constitution was legal.

Justice Md Emdadul Haque and Justice Muhammad Khurshid Alam Sarkar on Monday scrapped the petition, Deputy Attorney General Khorshedul Alam said.

SC lawyer Samendra Nath Goswami, the petitioner, questioned the legality of declaring Islam the state religion through the 1988 constitutional amendment.

He also asked for justification of retaining the clause after the 15th amendment restored secularism as a key pillar of the constitution.

Goswami urged for a ruling from the court asking to be shown reasons for not declaring the clause as conflicting with the constitution. The law secretary was made the respondent.

The court on Aug 30 heard the matter and set the date for the verdict.

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