Resolve hajj pilgrims’ visa complexities in 48 hrs: HC

13 Aug 2017, 17:27

Online Desk

Dhaka: The High Court on Sunday ordered the authorities concerned to take steps to resolve the complexities relating to sending hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia within 48 hours.

An HC bench comprising Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice Md Ataur Rahman Khan passed the order.

The court also ordered sending those intending hajj pilgrims who are yet to reach Saudi Arabia for performing hajj after hiring private aircraft, if needed.

The court issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain as to why probe commission would not be formed to identify the people behind the hajj mismanagement.

Besides, the court issued another rule to explain why government's inaction in hajj management would not be declared illegal and unlawful.

The court also issued a rule asking the relevant authorities to explain why legal actions would not be taken against the people behind the mismanagement.

Five government officials, including the secretaries of Religious Affairs Ministry, Foreign Affairs Ministry and Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry, have been asked to respond to the rule within four weeks.

HC lawyer advocate Manzill Murshid filed the public interest litigation writ petition seeking its order to form a probe body to find out the reasons behind the mismanagement of hajj flights operated by Bangladesh Biman.

So far, around 5,000 hajj pilgrims have failed to fly to Saudi Arabia to perform hajj this year following cancellations of 21 hajj flights of Bangladesh Biman due to shortage of passengers triggered by visa complexities.