HC orders to close down 14 illegal hospitals, clinics

The High Court (HC) today ordered authorities concerned to close down 14 illegal hospitals and clinics operating in capital's Mohammadpur area.

A High Court vacation bench comprising Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Ahmed Sohel passed the order after holding primary hearing on a writ petition filed in this regard.

The court also issued a rule asking eight respondents including health secretary, director general of Directorate General of Health Services, Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner, officer in-charge of Mohammadpur police station to reply in four weeks as to why the court shall not declare their 'inaction' in closing down those 14 hospitals, illegal.

The High Court also asked them to reply as to why it shall not pass order to take legal actions against people involved in running those illegal hospitals and clinics.

The court came up with the order as rights group Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB) submitted a writ petition in this regard. Advocate Manjil Morshed moved the writ for HRPB.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)