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Saturday, January 01, 2011

Withdraw Vested Property Return Act ‘10

Daily Sun, extra, Dhaka, Jan 1, 2010/ 1. 1. 11

Withdraw Vested Property Return Act ‘10

Demand speakers

→ Staff correspondent

Terming the proposed Vested Property Return (amendment) Act 2010 useless, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal President Hasanul Huq Inu on Friday demanded its withdrawal.

Though there was some inconsistency in the Vested Property Return Act 2001, it was much better than the proposed bill, he said.

Inu, also a lawmaker, said there is no correlation between the proposed law and the Vested Property Return Act 2001.

He urged the prime minister to make an appropriate law while speaking in a discussion titled ‘Vested Property Return (amendment) Act 2010: Anxieties of the Citizens’ in the capital.

Presiding over the function, Justice Ghulam Rabbani said the government should withdraw the proposed bill and replace it with the Act of 2001 with necessary corrections.

“If the government is unable to do so, the countrymen will reconsider their mandate to the ruling party in the next general elections.”

For making the country non-communal, the government will reach a solution to the vested property after discussions, said Awami League leader advocate Yusuf Hossain Humayun.

Quoting the findings of economist Abul Barakat, Communist Party leader Mujahidul Islam Selim said most of the vested property is occupied by the leaders of Awami League, BNP and Jamaat.

So, they will never make laws which hamper their interests, he added.

Selim called on the premier to establish the rule of law by returning the vested property to the owners.

Pankaj Bhattacharje of Gono Forum said both the governments in Pakistan and Bangladesh staged dramas with the vested property before the country’s independence, but the actors are changed now.

He said the government should take a step to return the property to the minority groups for establishing a society free of discrimination.

Advocate Subrata Chowdhury presented a keynote paper in the function where human rights activist Khushi Kabir was present.

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