The High Court on Thursday directed the Civil Aviation Authority and Foreign Secretary to take necessary steps to hand over foreign-returnees to law enforcers to keep them in compulsory quarantine and ensure their health checkup to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
A HC bench of Justice Mojibur Rahman Miah and Justice Mohiuddin Shamim came up with the directives after primary hearing of a writ filed by Eunus Ali Akand on March 15.
The court instructed the Home Secretary and law enforcement agencies to take necessary measures for keeping all the overseas-returnees in compulsory 14-day quarantine.
Besides, it ordered the Public Administration Ministry to direct the deputy commissioners to make sure the foreign-returnees are kept in home quarantine.
The HC also asked the Health Secretary for taking measures for the medical checkup of the returnees and providing proper treatment to the coronavirus suspected patients.
Deputy Attorney General Nowrose MR Chowdhury represented the state.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh has confirmed the detection of 17 coronavirus patients and one death.
Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain on Wednesday said the decision about suspending court activities will be taken after sitting with all the Supreme Court judges.
He came up with the information while talking to reporters after planting a tree on the SC premises, marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
“We’re aware of the coronavirus and we all the judges will sit and take the decision about what to do. At present, the Supreme Court judges are enjoying a vacation which will end on March 28 and we’ll sit before the reopening of the court,” the Chief Justice said.
He, however, said they will have to ensure so that justice-seekers are not subjected to sufferings.
Replying to a query about the lower court, Mahmud Hossain said they will take the decision considering all aspects. “The suspension of court activities will invite sufferings for justice–seekers.”