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A bonafide Freedom Fighter is entitled to get extention for one year

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High Court Division :
(Special Original Jurisdiction)

Naima Haider J  }
Zafar Ahmed J   }

Sirajul Islam Siddiquy,
(Md)………..Petitioner
            vs
Bangladesh represented by the Secretary, Ministry of Liberation War Affair's, Sarkari Paribahan Pool Bhaban, Secretariat Link Road, Dhaka and others …..Respondents.
Judgment May 24th, 2018
 
Public Servant (Retirement) Act (XII of 1974)
Section 4A
The petitioner being a freedom fighter is entitled to get extension for one year and can work until he attains the age of 60 years.

........... .in order to verify the authenticity of the freedom fighter's certificate of the petitioner which was issued to him, the petitioner could not submit his certificate at the time of entry into service. For no fault of the petitioner, the petitioner has suffered and is unable to continue with his service for one more year and retire at the age of 60 years under the provision of Section 4A of the Public Servants (Retirement) Act, 1974 (as amended in 2013).
...... (20 & 19)
ABM Altaf Hossain, Advocate-For the Petitioner
Md. Mokleshur Rahman, DAG-For the Respondents.
Judgment
Naima Haider J : In this application under Article 102 of the Constitution of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, a Rule Nisi was issued calling upon the respondent to show cause as to why the inaction of the respondents in issuing  (মুক্তিযোদ্ধা সনদ ও প্রত্যয়ন পত্র) on the basis of  recommendation of  উপজেলা ও জেলা/মহানগর যাচাই-বাছাই কমিটি  dated 20-3-2017 and publishing the official gazette including the name of the petitioner as a freedom fighter and as to why a direction should not be given upon the respondents to extend the retirement age of the petitioner as per the provisions of Public Servant's (Retirement) Act, 1974 (as amended-2GB) and/ or pass such other or further order or orders as to this Court may seem fit and proper.

2. The facts necessary for disposal of the Rule, in brief are:
The petitioner was appointed as second class gazetted officer by a recruitment notice vide memo dated 8-1-1989 issued by the Department of Relief' and Rehabilitation. Subsequently, the petitioner joined his service on 4-2-1989 and since then he has been performing his duty with good reputation.
3. The petitioner is a freedom fighter who fought for independence of Bangladesh during liberation war in 1971. He declared himself as a freedom fighter at the time of entry in his service. But he could not submit his freedom fighter's certificate as he had to surrender the same to the Office of Bangladesh Mukti Joddha
Sangsad and Chief Martial Law Administrator in order to verify the authenticity of the freedom fighter certificate of the petitioner issued under the signature of General "Mohammad Ataul Goni Osmani".

4. The respondent No.5 earlier issued a letter vide memo dated 16-6-2010 and published the list of the freedom fighters who have been working as their employees, in which the name of the petitioner appeared at serial No.8 and the same was forwarded to the respondent No. 2 for issuance of freedom fighter's certificate (মুক্তিযোদ্ধা সনদ ও প্রত্যয়ন পত্র).
5. Subsequently, a notification vide dated 12-1-2017 was published under the signature of the respondent No.7. Subsequently, the petitioner collected the  মুক্তিযোদ্ধা যাচাই-বাছাই  form and submitted the photocopy of his freedom fighter's certificate issued under the signature of Mohammad Ataul Goni Osmani along with other relevant certificates issued at several dates before the  উপজেলা ও জেলা/মহানগর যাচাই-বাছাই কমিটি  All the certificates have been issued in the name of the petitioner in order to declare him as a genuine freedom fighter under the signature of the Chairman of Central Command Council, Bangladesh Mukti ]oddha Sangsad, APS to the Chief Advisor of Bangladesh Mukti ]oddha Sangsad, Secretary General of Central Command Council, Bangladesh Mukti oddha Sangsad. Commander of Dhaka District Unit Command, Bangladesh Mukti oddha Sangsad, Upazilla Deputy Commander, Dhamrai Upazilla Command, Chairman of 5, Baishakanda union Parishad on several dates before উপজেলা ও জেলা/মহানগর যাচাই-বাছাই কমিটি
6. After scrutinizing the relevant documents of the petitioner, the  উপজেলা ও জেলা/মহানগর যাচাই-বাছাই কমিটি Dhamrai, Dhaka recommended the petitioner as freedom fighter vide memo dated 4-5-2017 containing Serial No. 253 which was forwarded to the respondent No.7. The petitioner earlier submitted an online application before the concerned authority on 31-7-2014 for getting freedom fighter certificate.
7. After receiving the certificate, the petitioner received the report of the  উপজেলা ও জেলা/মহানগর যাচাই-বাছাই কমিটি  and he found that the date of birth was recorded as 1-2-1958 instead of 1-6-1959. Subsequently, on 23-1-2018 the petitioner made an application to the UNO/ Member Secretary of the উপজেলা ও জেলা/মহানগর যাচাই-বাছাই কমিটি  through email for correcting the same.
8. Respondent No.7 received the উপজেলা ও জেলা/মহানগর যাচাই-বাছাই কমিটি প্রতিবেদন which included the name of the petitioner as genuine freedom fighter on 7-5-2017 but the authority concerned did not take any action to issue মুক্তিযোদ্ধা সনদ ও প্রত্যয়ন পত্র on the basis of recommendation of উপজেলা ও জেলা/মহানগর যাচাই-বাছাই কমিটি dated 20-3-2017 and for this, the petitioner is being deprived to get the benefit of retiring at the age of 60 years as per the provisions of Section 4A of the Public Servants (Retirement) Act, 1974 (as amended 2013) just like any .other freedom fighters.
9. Being aggrieved by and dissatisfied with the inaction of the respondents, the petitioner has moved this Court and obtained the instant Rule Nisi.
10. The Respondents did not file any affidavit-in-opposition controverting the statements made in the Writ Petition.
11. Mr ABM Altaf Hossain, the learned Advocate appearing on behalf of the petitioner submits that the petitioner is entitled to get the benefit to at 60 years as per the provisions of Section 4A of the Public Servants (Retirement) Act, 1974 (as amended 2013) like any other freedom fighters. He further submits that the petitioner got the freedom fighter's certificate issued under the signature of General Mohammad Ataul Gani Osmani and subsequently the উপজেলা ও জেলা/মহানগর যাচাই-বাছাই কমিটি  recommended the name of the petitioner as freedom fighter on 20-3-2017.
12. We have perused the writ petition, its annexures and other materials on record placed before us.
13. It transpires from the record that the petitioner was appointed as second class gazetted officer vide memo dated 8-1-1989 issued by the Department of Relief and  Rehabilitation. Subsequently, the petitioner joined his service on 4-2-1989 and since then he has been performing his duties.
14. Annexure-B reveals that on 16-6-2010, the respondent No. 5 published a list of the freedom fighters who have been working as their employees in which the name of the petitioner was included at serial No.8 and the same was forwarded to the respondent No.2 for issuance of freedom fighter's certificate (মুক্তিযোদ্ধা সনদ ও প্রত্যয়ন পত্র).
15. It is vital to note that on 4-5-2017, the উপজেলা ও জেলা/মহানগর যাচাই-বাছাই কমিটি  Dhamrai, Dhaka termed the petitioner as freedom fighter which appeared at Serial No. 253, but the date of birth of the petitioner was recorded as 1-2-1958 instead of 1-6-1959.
16. Subsequently, on 23-1-2018 the petitioner made an application to the UNO / Member Secretary of the উপজেলা ও জেলা/মহানগর যাচাই-বাছাই কমিটি  through email for correcting the same.
17. For proper adjudication the said recommendation dated 4-5-2017 which was signed by উপজেলা ও জেলা/মহানগর যাচাই-বাছাই কমিটি on 20-3-2017 is quoted under:

গণপ্রজাতন্ত্রী বাংলাদেশ সরকার
উপজেলা নির্বাহী অফিসারের কার্যালয়
ধামরাই, ঢাকা ।
(ফযধসৎধর.ফযধশধ.মড়া.নফ)

ম্মারক নং-০৫.৪১.২৬১৪.০০০.০৩.০৩৩.১৫-৩৪২ তারিখঃ ২১ বৈশাখ, ১৪২৪,
          ৪ মে, ২০১৭ খ্রিঃ

বিষয়ঃ মুক্তিযোদ্ধা যাচাই-বাছাই কমিটির যাচ্ই-বাছাই প্রতিবেদন প্রেরণ ।

সুত্র ঃ  জামুকা এর স্মারক সংখ্যা ৪৮.০২.০০০.০০১.০০.০৭০.১৬-৩৩২ তারিখ ঃ ২৮ জানুয়ারি, ২০১৭খ্রিঃ
উপর্যুক্ত বিষয় ও সুত্রোস স্মারকের পরিপ্রেক্ষিতে জানানো যা"েছ যে, ঢাকা জেলাধীন ধামরাই উপজেলায় গত ৪-২-২০১৭ হতে ৯-২-২০১৭ পর্যন্ত অনুষ্ঠেয় মুক্তিযোদ্ধা যাচাই-বাছাই কমিটির যাচাই-বাছাই প্রতিবেদন মহোদয়ের সদয় অবগতি ও পরবর্তী প্রয়োজনীয় ব্যব¯'া গ্রহণের জন্য প্রেরণ করা হলো ।
সংযুক্তি ঃ ১ । প্রতিবেদন ফরম “ক” ১৩৩ পাতা, ক্রমিক নং ০১-৭৪১ পর্যন্ত ।
     ২ । প্রতিবেদন ফরম “খ” ১৩ পাতা, ক্রমিক নং ০১-১৩ পর্যন্ত ।
     ৩ । প্রতিবেদন ফরম “গ” ২৬ পাতা, ক্রমিক নং ০১-৮৭ পর্যন্ত ।
                                                  মোট = ১৭২ পাতা ৮৪১ জন ।

মহাপরিচালক,                জাতীয় মুক্তিযোদ্ধা কাউন্সিল জাতীয় স্কাউট ভবন (১২ ও ১৩ তলা)৬০, আঞ্জুমান মুফিদুল ইসলাম সড়ক কাকরাইল, ঢাকা-১০০০     আবুল কালাম উপজেলা নির্বাহী অফিসার ও সদস্য সচিবউপজেলা মুক্তিযোদ্ধা যাচাই-বাছাই কমিটিধমরাই, ঢাকা ।ফোন-৭৭৩০০৩৪

উপজেলা/জেলা মহানগর যাচাই-বাছাই কমিটির প্রতিবেদন
(কমিটির কর্তৃক সর্বসম্মতিক্রমে গ"হিত সিদ্ধান্ত)
উপজেলা/মহানগরঃ ধামরাই, জেলাঃ ঢাকা, বিভাগঃ ঢাকা
ক্রমিক নং    আবেদনকারীর নাম, মাত/পিতা/স্বামীর নাম ও ঠিকানা    মুক্তিযোদ্ধার নাম ও ঠিকানা    জামুকা  প্রেরিত তালিকার ক্রমিক নং    কোন শ্রেণীর মুক্তিযোদ্ধার তালিকা ভুক্তির আবেদন    পূর্বের সনদ/গেজেট ও প্রত্যয়ন (ক্রোড় পত্র বিশেষ)    দাখিল কৃত প্রমাণিক    উপ¯'াপিত স্বাক্ষীদের বর্ননা    মন্তব্য/ফলা ফল
২৫৩    মোঃ সিরাজুল ইসলাম সিদ্দিকী, পিতাঃ ম"ত আব্দুল আজিজ গ্রামাঃ পাইচজাইল, পোঃ বেরশ জন্ম তারিখঃ ১-২-১৯৫৮ইং    মোঃ সিরাজুল ইসলাম সিদ্দিকী, পিতাঃ ম"ত আব্দুল আজিজ গ্রামঃ পাইচজাইল পোঃ বেরশ, ধামরাই, ঢাকা । জন্ম তারিখঃ ১-২-১৯৫৮ইং    ডিজি ১১৮৬৩৩৬    এফ,এফ        ৩জন স্বাক্ষীর প্রত্যয়ন    স্বাক্ষীদেও সাথে ছিল     হ্যাঁ

আঃ রহমান খানউপজেলা মুক্তিযোদ্ধা কমান্ডারধমরাই, ঢাকা ।আলহাজ্ব বেনজীর আহমেদজামুকা’র প্রতিনিধি সদস্য      মোঃ মেরাজ খানমুক্তিযোদ্ধা কেন্দ্রীয় কমান্ড কাউন্সিলেরপ্রতিনিধি সদস্যআলহাজ্ব আবু সাঈদ মিয়া ঢাকা জেলা মুক্তিযোদ্ধা কমান্ডার    মোহাম্মদ আলীমুবিম’র প্রতিনিধি সদস্য

আবুল কালামউপজেলা নির্বাহী অফিসারওসদ্যস্য সচিবমুক্তিযোদ্ধা যাচাই-বাছাই কমিটিধামরাই, ঢাকা ।    আলহাজ্ব এম. এ মালেকমাননীয় জাতীয় সংসদ সদস্য-১৯৩, ঢাকা-২০ওসভাপতিমুক্তিযোদ্ধা যাচাই-বাছাই কমিটিধামরাই, ঢাকা  ২০-৩-২০১৭

18. We have taken into account that although the Respondent No. received the উপজেলা ও জেলা/মহানগর যাচাই-বাছাই কমিটি প্রতিবেদন  which included the name of the petitioner as genuine freedom fighter on 7-5-2017 but the authority concerned did not take any steps to issue  মুক্তিযোদ্ধা সনদ ও প্রত্যয়ন cÎ on the basis of recommendation of উপজেলা ও জেলা/মহানগর যাচাই-বাছাই কমিটি.
19. It is admitted fact that during liberation war in 1971, the petitioner taught for independence of Bangladesh and  freedom fighter's certificate under the signature of General "Mohammad Ataul Gani Osmani" which was surrendered by him to the Office of Bangladesh Mukti Joddha Sangsad and Chief Martial Law Administrator. It is to be noted that in order to verify the authenticity of the freedom fighters Certificate of the petitioner which was issued to him, the petitioner could not submit his certificate at the time of entry into service. For no fault of the petitioner, the petitioner has suffered and is unable to continue with his service for one more year and retire at the age of 60 years under the provision of Section 4A of the Public Servants (Retirement) Act, 1974 (as amended in 2013). For ready reference the said section is quoted under:
4A. Retirement of freedom fighter.-(l)  Notwithstanding, anything contained to the contrary in Section
4, a public servant, who is a freedom fighter, shall retire from service on the completion of the (sixtieth year) of his age.
20. Against this backdrop, this Court is of the view that the petitioner being a freedom fighter is entitled to get extension for one year and can work until he attains the age of 60 years.
21. As no affidavit-in-opposition has been filed controverting the statements made in the writ petition, the assertions so made are deemed to be correct.
22. In view of the above discussions, made hereinbefore, we are inclined to dispose of the Rule.
23. Accordingly, the Rule is disposed of with the observations made in the body of the judgment.
24. The respondents are further directed to issue মুক্তিযোদ্ধা সনদ ও প্রত্যয়ন পত্র on the basis of recommendation of উপজেলা ও জেলা/মহানগর যাচাই-বাছাই কমিটি dated 20-3-2017 and publish an official gazette.
25. No order as to costs.
Communicate the judgment and order at once.

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