The Supreme Court of BD today fixed August 19 for hearing a petition filed by the government seeking stay on the High Court order that issued status quo on publication of gazette notification on implementing the recommendation of 9th wage board for journalists.
Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division of the SC, Justice Md Nuruzzaman, sent the stay petition to the full bench for its hearing on August 19.
Earlier in the day, Justice Md Nuruzzaman refused to hold hearing on the petition saying that he was once a lawyer for Bangla daily Prothom Alo Editor and Publisher Matiur Rahman, also the president of the Newspaper Owners’ Association of Bangladesh (NOAB).
Following a writ petition filed by Matiur Rahman, the HC on August 6 issued status quo for two months on publication of gazette notification on implementing the recommendation of 9th wage board for journalists.
The government recently filed a petition with the SC seeking a stay on the HC order.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam today placed the government’s stay petition before the Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division.
Advocate Hasan Ariff appeared for the NOAB president.
Deputy Attorney General Amit Talukdar also appeared for the government.
On July 25 this year, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader had said a cabinet committee on 9th wage board award for newspaper and news agency journalists and other employees has finalised its report for cabinet endorsement.