Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Torching Holy Quran

HC order on Ahmad Shafi May 13

The High Court will pass an order on May 13 on a writ petition seeking legal action against Hefajat-e Islam Ameer Shah Ahmad Shafi in connection with setting fire to the Holy Quran during his group’s Dhaka blockade on Sunday.
Aminur Rashid Raju, a Supreme Court lawyer, on Monday filed the writ petition with the HC saying that Hefajat activists had kept the capital inactive on Sunday at Shafi’s direction.
They also attacked different structures and set fires to the books, including the Holy Quran which hurt all the Muslims’ religious sentiment across the world, the petitioner said.
He prayed to the court to summon Ahmad Shafi before it for giving explanation over the incident.
Home secretary, inspector general of police, and Ahmad Shafi have been made respondents to the petition.
Yesterday, the HC bench of Justice Naima Haider and Justice Zafar Ahmed fixed May 13 for passing an order on the petition after concluding hearing on the matter.
Advocate Obaidur Rahman Setu and Khabir Uddin appeared for the petitioner, while Deputy Attorney General Mokhlesur Rahman represented the government.