The High Court yesterday directed the government to inform within 30 days what steps it has taken to bring back 587 Bangladeshi citizens, who have been languishing in Indian jails after ending their jail terms at least three to four years ago.
The court also directed the government to inform it the total number of the Bangladeshis detained in jails of India specially in West Bengal, their names, detail addresses and its measures taken to provide them legal assistance within 60 days.
A bench of the HC comprising Justice Md Imman Ali and Justice Obaidul Hasan passed the orders following a petition.
The HC issued a rule upon the government to explain within 30 days why the detained Bangladeshis should no be given legal information as per the Vienna Convention.
Advocate Shahidul Islam, a SC lawyer, on Sunday filed the Writ petition seeking its direction to bring back the Bangladeshi citizens and submitted two news reports published in Prothom Alo and Amader Somoy on October 27.
The reports stated that over 2,500 Bangladeshis are detained in 54 jails in West Bengal of India. Out of them, jail terms of 587 persons have been ended before three-four years.