Lakehead Grammar School to remain closed

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19 November, 2017 16:22 PM

Lakehead Grammar School to remain closed

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The Supreme Court has extended its stay till November 29 the High Court order that directed the authorities concerned to reopen the Lakehead Grammar School within 24 hours. 

A five-member Appellate Division bench of the Supreme Court led by acting Chief Justice Abdul Wahhab Miah passed the order on Sunday.

Earlier on November 15, the apex court stayed till Sunday the High Court order that asked the authorities concerned to the reopen Lakehead Grammar School within 24 hours.

The Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division Justice Syed Mahmood Hossain passed the order following a petition filed by the government seeking a stay on the HC order.

On November 14, the High Court ordered the reopening of Lakehead Grammar School within 24 hours.

The High Court bench comprising of Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice Md Ataur Rahman Khan passed the order, responding to separate writ petitions filed by the owner of the school and 12 guardians.

However, the HC directed the school management to assist investigators in probe if the allegation of militancy and extremism is raised against the institution in the future.

On November 9, the High Court issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain why the closure of all academic activities of three branches of Lakehead Grammar School would not be declared illegal.

The same HC bench issued the rule, responding to three separate writ petitions filed by the proprietor of the school, Khaled Hassan Matin, and guardians of 12 students.

The petitioners sought a stay on the government's decision of shutting down the academic activities of the school.

The petitioners, in the plea, stated that the future of the students has become uncertain as the normal educational activities of the school are being hampered because of the closure.

On November 7, all operations of the School have been shut down for allegedly having connections with militancy.

On November 5, the Ministry of Education, in a letter, asked the district administration to shut down the operations of the school alleging militancy links.

The letter read: "The Dhaka District administration has been requested to seal off all branches of the school as it has no government approval. Besides, the school is instigating religious extremism and conducting activities against the spirit of the independence of the country."