The High Court on Tuesday declared Gram Sarkar Act 2003 "illegal and unconstitutional." A High Court division bench pronounced the verdict on a writ petition by Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (Blast). Challenging the act, the Blast petition said the law was framed without lawful authority. The government plans to appeal against the verdict. Since the law was enacted two years ago, the coalition government formed 39,786 Gram Sarkar units. Amir Khasru has more on the story.