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Appellate Division upholds HC order on Turag land recovery

Following a writ filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB) on February 3 last year, the High Court declared the Turag River a 'legal person' and a 'living entity' and also directed the authorities concerned to recover the river from all kinds of encroachment

Update : 04 Feb 2020, 09:30 PM

The Supreme Court has upheld the High Court order for the government to recover the land of the Turag River that has been grabbed by two companies.

A four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain dismissed and disposed of two separate appeals on Tuesday challenging a High Court verdict on this matter.

Following a writ filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB) on February 3 last year, the High Court declared the Turag River a “legal person” and a “living entity” and also directed the authorities concerned to recover the river from all kinds of encroachment.

Later Nishut Jute Mills Ltd of Hameem Group and Hossain Dyeing and Printing Mills Ltd of Anwar Group filed separate appeals with the Appellate Division of the apex court.

Advocate Manzill Murshid stood for HRPB, Barrister Rokanuddin Mahmud appeared for Nishut Jute Mills Ltd, Barrister Mohammad Mehedi Hasan Chowdhury appeared for Hossain Dyeing and Printing Mills while Advocate Mafizur Rahman represented Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BITWA).

Advocate Manzill said that there was no legal bar on the BITWA on the removal of illegal structures and recovery of the land of the Turag River.

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