Extortion attempts defame mobile courts image: Seminar

DHAKA, Feb 9, 2017 (BSS) - A small section of unscrupulous people are trying to defame the image of mobile courts conducted regularly over offenders to protect consumer rights and compel producers to maintain quality of their goods and services, a seminar was told today.

Mosharraf Hossain, senior vice president of Bakers Association, said some people, in the name of concerned official agencies, seek tolls from the businessmen assuring to avoid possible raids on their businesses by mobile courts.

"We want an immediate investigation into it and protection from such harassments," he told the seminar on 'Consumers Rights Protection Law 2009' in the city. The seminar was organized to discuss issues related to the law and its potential areas of amendment.

Dr Mohammad Shahadat Hossain, director of National Consumer Rights Protection Directorate, acknowledged that his department has encountered a number of challenges during mobile court operations in cities and local levels. But he warned that any specific information of corruption from any would be dealt with an iron hand.

He also observed that the Consumers Rights Protection Law 2009 requires some amendments-- some sections to be replaced by new ones while fresh sections should be incorporated-- to make it pragmatic and time befitting. In addition to it, he said, relevant awareness should be raised on the law at concerned levels.

Mohammad Borhan Uddin, owner of Modhumita Bakery, said consumers have little or no awareness on the law while it comes as a panic for producers and retailers because of mobile court operations. He suggested for finding an amicable solution to the problem.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)