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6 December, 2017 09:22:23 AM
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HC orders Lakehead school managing body in 7 days

Staff Reporter
HC orders Lakehead school managing body in 7 days

The Appellate Division yesterday directed the education ministry to form a managing committee in seven days for running Lakehead Grammar School, which has been closed since November 7 over allegations that it was patronising militancy and providing support in the formation of militant outfits.

The Dhaka divisional commissioner will chair the committee to be formed with representatives from Bangladesh Army. The committee shall take charge of all activities of the school and look into whether any teacher/ employee/ student of the school has connection to militancy or terrorist activities.

The court said the committee shall take appropriate measures if any such militant link is detected. The court also said that principals of all branches of the school shall be appointed from the education corps of the army. A five-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah, who is discharging the responsibilities of chief justice, passed

authorities on November 14 to reopen the Dhanmondi and Gulshan branches of the school in the capital within 24 hours.

The apex court also directed that the committee will run the branches of the school until the Appellate Division hears and disposes of the appeal filed by the government against the HC order.

Talking to reporters, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said that the government has closed Lakehead Grammar School after finding that ‘some people of the school were patronising militancy’.

According to intelligence reports, some former founders and teachers of the schools, and some guardians have alleged connection to militancy, said the chief law officer of the state.

“According to classified intelligence reports submitted to the Appellate Division, several people, involved with Lakehead Grammar School, went to Syria for participating in a war there as members of terrorist outfit Islamic State,” Alam said in response to a query.

Among those who have militant connections, one has recently been killed in a drive by law enforcers at Mirpur, he added.

On November 6, the education ministry ordered the Dhaka district administration to shut the school. The next day, a police team led by a magistrate sealed off two branches of the school in Dhanmondi and Gulshan.

Khaled Hasan Matin, new owner of the school, and guardians of 12 students have filed three separate writ petitions challenging the government decision.

On November 7, the HC issued a rule asking the government to explain why suspension of academic activities of the school branches would not be declared illegal. On November 14, the HC ordered the authorities to reopen all the branches of the school within 24 hours.

The very next day, the Supreme Court stayed until November 19 and then for 10 more days the High Court order that had directed the authorities concerned to reopen all the branches of Lakehead Grammar School in the capital.

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