Yunus must take court nod before going abroad


Court Correspondent :
The High Court on Monday ruled that Nobel Laureate Prof Mohammad Yunus and three other Grameen Telecom officials, accused in a Labour Law violation case, must notify the Labour Appellate Tribunal before traveling abroad.

Additionally, the court issued a rule questioning the legality of the tribunal’s order that stayed the conviction and sentence of Professor Yunus and the three others.

In the rule, the High Court bench requested the state to explain why the Labour Appellate Tribunal’s stay order should not be revoked. The bench, consisting of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Kazi Ebadoth, also adjourned the stay order until the rule is disposed of.


The apex court stated that since the four accused, including Dr Yunus, Chairman of Grameen Telecom, are on bail, their sentences will remain suspended until their appeals are decided.

The ruling and order were issued following a criminal revision petition filed by the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments (DIFE), challenging the Labour Appellate Tribunal’s order.

Md Tariqul Islam, Inspector of the DIFE who investigated the case, submitted the revision petition to the High Court, requesting an order preventing Professor Yunus and the three others from traveling abroad without permission from the concerned court until the Labour Appellate Tribunal disposes of their appeal.