HC orders posting 5 magistrates to environment department

DHAKA The High Court (HC) today ordered the Ministry of Public Administration to employ five magistrates in Department of Environment (DoE) for one month to conduct raids to protect environment.

A High Court division bench comprising Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader passed the order in the presence of DoE director general Dr AKM Rafique Ahammed.

The DoE chief was summoned by the court on January 13 to give explanations over its manpower and the air quality of Dhaka. The court had passed the order as it held hearing on a writ filed by rights group Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB).

Advocate Monjil Morshed argued for HRPB, while deputy attorney general Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar appeared for the state. Lawyer Amatul Karim took part in the hearing for DoE.

DoE Director General Dr AKM Rafique Ahammed in his explanations said the High Court's order regarding air pollution has much strengthened his agency. He read out a couple of opinions given by scholars and experts to curb air pollution.

The High Court, after hearing his explanations, asked the authorities concerned to prepare an integrated programme with the recommendations made by experts and high-level committee to tackle air pollution, and submit that by March 10.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)