A chamber judge of the Supreme Court stayed a High Court order on Sunday that fined Hazaribagh tanneries to pay overdue of Tk30.85 crore within two weeks or face “serious consequences.”
The order has been stayed till Thursday, was heard based on a petition filed by the Bangladesh Tanners' Association and Finished Leather Goods and Footwear Exporters' Association that sought to stay the High Court order.
The court has sent the case to the regular bench of Appellate Division for hearing on March 23.
March 02, High Court asked the tanneries to pay the overdue fine immediately after hearing a petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB).
The tanneries were fined Tk50,000 daily in June last year for not relocating to Savar but the top court had revised the amount to Tk10,000 in July.
In 2001 the tanneries were ordered to relocate to Savar by the court but the order was not executed. The court on June 23, 2009 again ordered the relocation to be completed within February 24, 2010. However, the deadline was extended to April 30, 2011 at the government’s request, prompting HRPB to file a petition with the court.
The industry secretary had informed the High Court that the tanneries had not paid their fines, which The HRPB filed a supplementary petition requesting the court to order cutting off gas and electricity supplies to these tanneries.
The High Court had asked the industry secretary to report on the tanneries’ relocation.
On February 13, the report were made by the secretary that said 154 tanneries had not relocated to their designated sites while another tannery had shut down.