An HC bench of Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice AKM Shahidul Huq  An HC bench of Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice AKM Shahidul Huq  An HC bench of Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice AKM Shahidul Huq 

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Verdict on writ challenging biometric SIM registration Tuesday
Online Desk |:| Sun, 10 Apr'2016, 11:44 PM |:| Online Version
Verdict on writ challenging biometric SIM registration Tuesday
An HC bench of Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice AKM Shahidul Huq on Sunday fixed April 12 (Tuesday) to deliver the verdict on the writ petition filed challenging the legality of the SIM/RUIM registration/re-registration through biometric process.

Barrister Anik R Haq along with Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua stood for the petitioner while Fatema Anwar argued for mobile operator Robi and additional attorney general Murad Reza and assistant attorney generals Arbinda Kumar Roy and Jesmin Sultana represented the state.

The SIM/RUIM registration through the biometric system formally began on December 16, 2015 which is supposed to end within April, 2016.

However, after the start of the process, many argued the legality and need of the process.

In continuation of that argument, lawyer SM Enamul Haque filed the writ petition with the High Court challenging the legality of the SIM/RUIM registration through the biometric process on March 9, 2016.

He filed the writ petition on apprehension that one’s privacy and neutrality will be violated.

He also noted that foreigners posses the ownership of five of the six mobile phone operators that count for 97 percent of customers. This could be an issue of national security too.

On March 14, the High Court issued a rule upon the authorities concerned to explain why the biometric SIM/RUIM registration should not be declared illegal.

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