Thursday, 5 May 2011

SC concludes fatwa hearing

The Supreme Court (SC) on May 4 concluded hearing on an appeal filed against the High Court verdict that declared fatwa (religious edict) illegal.
The six-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque will deliver a verdict on the appeal on any day.

The apex court yesterday kept the case waiting for its verdict after concluding hearing arguments from the counsels on the matter.
The SC on March 1 started hearing a long overdue appeal against the HC verdict.
On January 1, 2001, the HC declared all punishments imposed in the name of fatwa illegal. The verdict came following a hearing on a suo moto rule issued earlier by the court after a newspaper report on Hilla marriage (marriage with a third person).
Human rights organisations Bangladesh Mahila Parishad and Ain O Salish Kendra argued against fatwa before the HC.
The same year, Mufti Mohammad Toyeeb and Abul Kalam Azad filed the mentioned appeal against the HC verdict with the SC
Daily Star

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