The High Court has released the full copy of the verdict ordering Etihad Airways to pay Tk1 crore each, in compensation to Supreme Court lawyer Nahid Sultana Juthi and her daughter Tanjin Brishti, for harassing them.
The full verdict said the airlines would have to pay the compensation in 20 installments after receiving the copy of the verdict.
The verdict also directed Etihad Airways to treat female passengers with more caution and respect.
The 192-page verdict of the bench comprised of Justice Md Ashraful Kamal and Justice Rajik-al-Jalil was published on Wednesday, the writ petitioner's lawyer Advocate Manzil Morshed told reporters.
On 8 October last year, the High Court directed Etihad Airways to pay compensation for harassing Nahid Sultana Juthi and her daughter Tanjin Brishti around nine years ago.
The court said the harassment and torture of the two women at Abu Dhabi airport could not be measured by the fine.
The court also warned Etihad Airways not to treat any passengers poorly based on their gender or colour in the future.
Advocate Manzil Morshed conducted the case on behalf of the writ petitioner. He was assisted by Advocate Ripon Barai. Advocate Ajmalul Hossain QC and Md Aziz Ullah Emon represented Etihad's country manager.
Nahid Sultana Juthi and Tanjin Brishti were harassed at Abu Dhabi Airport on 28 June, 2011. They were not allowed to go to Canada and were sent back to Bangladesh from the airport. After that, they returned to the country and filed a writ petition seeking compensation.
Advocate Juthi is the wife of Sheikh Fazle Shams Parash, chairman of Bangladesh Awami Juba League.
Responding to the writ petition, the High Court issued a rule on 14 July, 2011, and summoned the country manager of Etihad Airways.
The High Court also directed the foreign ministry to investigate the incident and submit a report. After a final hearing on the rule, the court announced a summary judgment on October 8 last year.
The defendants in the writ petition included the foreign secretary, the civil aviation secretary and chairman, the officer-in-charge of the airport police station, Etihad's operations manager, and the country manager.