Proposed Vested (Enemy) Property Amendment Bill-2009 is harassing and fatigued- In a Press conference by NGO Groups in Bangladesh:
Jai Jai Din Report:
Long harassment of 44 year’s history on justice seekers will prolong if proposed Vested Property Return (Amendment) Bill-2009 is passed by new parliament avoiding proposal of Bangladesh Law Commission. Prejudiced persons under the law will be subjected to more harassment and oppression. The proposed law has been made more complexes. As a result no remedy of the long pending problem would be available for deprived persons.
On Thursday last a Press conference organised by various Non-governmental organisations protested against present proposal for Amendment of this black law.
The speakers present and spoke in the press conference as follows:
a) Justice Mohammad Golam Rabbani, b) Advocate Sultana Kamal –Executive Director – Ain O Salish Kendra, c) Dr. Abul Barkat – Prof. of Dhaka University, d) Adv.Subrata Chowdhury, e) Tobarak Hossain,- General Secretary –Sammilita Samajik Andolan, f) Ms. Ayesha Khanam –President – Mohilla Parishad and others.
In the Press conference the speakers said since 1965 to 2007 about 26 million acres of those lands are handcuffed within this black law. Consequently 60 million Hindus had been tremendously harassed and shelter less. Within Year 2006 to 2007 more lands belonged to Hindus have been enlisted and declared Vested.
Officially Government claimed that 6 million acres of lands had been enlisted as Vested property, but only 2 million acres of land are under control of present government, the calculation of rest 4 millions acres not within the hands/control of government.
The Speakers vehemently opposed the present Amendment Act-2009 and said that the Committee constituted for release of the vested properties is completely depending on bureaucratic design. The government entrusted those persons in the committee who enlisted vested property illegally in the past through fraudulent means. They also alleged that preference of a vested group or beneficiaries have been given in the proposed amendment bill. This endeavour is inconsistent with natural justice and equity. If this Amendment bill-2009 is passed the miseries of deprived families would be multifarious.
In the Press conference it is claimed that -
(i) List in the form of Gazette should be published by government in view of the judgment made by Appellate Division of Supreme Court of Bangladesh.
(ii) All properties beyond –gazette list should be released urgently.
(iii) The date of hearing of the District tribunal should be determined for judgment.
(iv) Provision for appeal against judgment of district Tribunal should be made before the High Court.
(v) Provision in new amendment the word “continuously” with regard to meaning of citizenship should be abolished.
(Source: The Daily “Jai Jai Din” dated 27th November, 2009)
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