The High Court (HC) on Tuesday (July 26) directed the government to take under its control the house inherited by prominent Indian actress Suchitra Sen in Pabna within seven days.
Suchitra Sen was born at the house, which was listed as vested property after her father Chidananda Dasgupta along with the family members left then East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) for India in 50s. Later in 1987, the land was leased to Jamaat run ‘Imam Gazzali Institute’. Though the ‘eksona’ lease was reportedly cancelled automatically in 1991, the land is still under the control of the institute.
A bench of the HC comprising Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury and Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore also asked the authorities to take legal actions against house grabbers and submit a compliance report of the order before it within 10 days.
The bench issued a rule upon the government to explain within two weeks as to why its inaction to protect the house should not be declared illegal and why it should not be directed to protect the house from the occupation.
The HC order came up following a public interest litigation (PIL) filed based a news item published in a Bangla daily newspaper on July 13 that the house was not being freed from the possession of the institute.
Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB), a human rights and environmental body, filed the PIL on Tuesday
Six government officials including Secretaries of Home and Land Ministries, Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Pabna and Superintended of Police (SP) of Pabna have been made as respondents in the rule.