The High Court has ordered preservation of Bengali scientist Jagadish Chandra Bose’s ancestral home in Munshiganj’s Barhikhal.
A bench of justices Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Md Ashraful Kamal issued the order on Sunday after a primary hearing on a petition.
The director general of the Department of Archaeology, deputy commissioner of Munshiganj and Sreenagar police OC have been asked to execute the order within seven days.
It also asked why failure to preserve the 300-year old house should not be declared illegal.
The court also asked why it should not order preservation of the house and publish a gazette declaring it a heritage site.
The secretaries to cultural affairs, science and technology, land, director general of the Department of Archaeology, deputy commissioner and police superintendent of Munshiganj, and Sreenagar police OC have been asked to reply within two weeks.
Bose was born on Nov 30, 1858 in the then Mymensingh to Bhagwan Chandra Bose, a deputy magistrate stationed at Faridpur during the British rule.
His family later moved to Kolkata.
After receiving educations in India and England, he taught physical science at Kolkata’s Presidency College.
He was the first to show that plants had lives and invented radio but forgot to patent it.
One Asaduzzaman Siddique moved the court after a newspaper ran a report on the house on Nov 23 highlighting its rundown condition.
Plaintiff’s lawyer Manzill Murshid said the government did not take any steps to preserve the historical site although it is bound to do so under the law.