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HC rule against foreign flag hoisting

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The High Court on Monday issued a rule seeking explanation as to why the inactiveness of the authorities concerned to stop the hoisting of foreign flags in the country should not be declared illegal, UNB reports.

In the rule, the court also wanted to know as to why they should not be directed to publicise in people’s interest the rules of hoisting the national flag and the foreign ones 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, Liberation War Affairs and Information secretaries, have been made respondents to the rule which is returnable in two weeks.

Earlier on June 25, Dhaka University teacher Dr 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 People’s Republic of Bangladesh, 1972, there are restrictions on the use of foreign flags.

Foreign and nation flag will have to hoisted in two separate pillars but football fans are seen to host foreign and nation flags in a single pillar where a small size of nation flag is hosted atop.

The size of the nation and foreign flag would be of equal size. But no on abides by the law.

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