2 secretaries face contemptStaff Correspondent
A petition was filed for drawing contempt of court proceedings against land and liberation was secretaries and three others for not handing over the possession of Moon Cinema Hall to its owner defying an Appellate Division verdict.
The chamber judge of the Appellate Division, Justice MA Wahhab Miah, ordered a full court hearing on January 14 in the petition filed by Maksudul Alam, the managing director of Italian Marble Work Limited, who had constructed the moon cinema hall in 1964.
In the petition, Maksudul said that although the government on June 30, 2011 amended the constitution citing the verdict, delivered by the Appellate Division in the consequence of his petition, it was yet to implement the other part of the verdict that had asked the government to hand over the possession of the cinema hall, Now turned into commercial Moon Complex, to him.
After hearing a writ petition filed by Maksudul, the High Court on August 29, 2005 delivered a verdict declaring the 5th amendment to the constitution illegal.
It had also declared illegal the marital law proclamations, including the Martial Law Regulation 7 of 1979 that dealt with abandoned property, and all actions done by former presidents Khandaker Moshtaque Ahmed, Abu Sadaat Mohammad Sayem and Ziaur Rahman under the martial law between August 1975 and 1979.
It had also asked the government to hand over the possession of the Moon Cinema Hall, which had been declared an abandoned property under a martial law order and placed under the Muktijoddha Kalyan Trust.
On February 2, 2010, the Appellate Division also upheld the High Court verdict.
On May 11, 2011, the Appellate Division disposed of a petition filed by the government seeking revision of the verdict.
The court also asked the government to hand over the Moon Cinema Hall to Maksudul in three months.
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