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12:00 AM, November 15, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:03 AM, November 15, 2017

Reopen Lakehead school in 24 hours: HC

The High Court yesterday ordered the authorities concerned to reopen Lakehead Grammar School within 24 hours.

It also declared the government's decision to shut down the school's Dhanmondi and Gulshan branches in Dhaka illegal.

The school was shut down by the government on charges of its affiliations with militancy and extremism.

The HC, however, directed the school authorities to cooperate with investigators if allegations of militancy and extremism are raised against the institution in future.

The bench of Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice Md Ataur Rahman Khan delivered the verdict following three separate writ petitions filed by Khaled Hassan Matin, the proprietor of the

school, and guardians of 12 students challenging the legality of the government decision.

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said the government will challenge the HC verdict by moving an appeal before the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court.

On November 7, the Dhaka district administration sealed off Dhanmondi and Gulshan branches of Lakehead Grammar School and shut down all activities of the school, based on allegations that it was patronising militancy, promoting extremist views and providing support in the formation of militant outfits.

The school was co-founded in 2000 by Rizwan Haroon, dubbed as a top militant in some media reports, and Jenifer Ahmed, wife of alleged Hizb ut-Tahrir coordinator and Dhaka University teacher Syed Golam Mowla.

Though “listed as a militant suspect by the home ministry”, Rizwan  sneaked into the country from the UK dodging immigration police at the airport in Dhaka.

The writ petitioners in their petitions to the HC prayed that it declares the government decision of closing the school illegal as education of the school's students became uncertain and activities of the school affected due to the decision. 

Advocate AF Hasan Ariff, Barrister Akhter Imam and Barrister Rashna Imam appeared before the court on the petitioners' behalf.

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