HC asks foreign ministry to resolve mismanagement of hajj flights in 48 hours
The High Court on Sunday ordered the foreign ministry to communicate with the Saudi Arabian government to settle the visa complexities in 48 hours for smooth journey of hajj pilgrims.
A bench of Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice Md Ataur Rahman Khan came up with the order and rule following a writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB).
Earlier, a writ petition was filed with the High Court (HC) seeking its order to form a probe body to find out the reasons behind the mismanagement of hajj flights operated by Bangladesh Biman.
HC lawyer advocate Munjil Morshed filed the public interest litigation writ petition making five government officials, including the secretaries of Religious Affairs Ministry, Foreign Affairs Ministry and Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry, defendants.
So far, around 5,000 hajj pilgrims could not go to Saudi Arabia to perform hajj this year following cancellations of 21 hajj flights of Bangladesh Biman due to shortage of passengers triggered by visa complexities.