Five of six amici curiae (friends of court) today told the High Court that the writ petition that sought a ban on the broadcast of Al Jazeera and the removal of its report titled “All the Prime Minister’s Men” from digital platforms is not acceptable as the petitioner has not served any legal notice to the government asking for steps to be taken to this effect.
The amici curiae, also legal experts, placed legal and constitutional interpretations and decisions of the courts from home and abroad and consequences of banning the broadcast of Al Jazeera in Bangladesh before the HC in support of their opinion.
The five amici curiae are former attorney generals AJ Mohammad Ali and Fida M Kamal, and senior lawyers Kamal Ul Alam, Probir Neogi and Dr Shahdeen Malik.
The remaining amicus curiae Abdul Matin Khasru did not clearly speak on the acceptability of the writ petition.
He, however, said the HC may pass an order on the government over the issue if it feels necessary as the video documentary has “attacked the prime minister, the Bangladesh Army, and the integrity and solidarity of the country”.
After hearing the opinions from the amici curiae today, the HC bench of Justice Md Mozibur Rahman Miah and Justice Md Kamrul Hossain Mollah fixed Wednesday for resuming hearing on the petition.
Attorney General AM Amin Uddin is scheduled to place arguments on the petition on Wednesday.