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HC: Remove illegal structures from Hatirjheel within 7 days

  • Published at 03:17 pm September 10th, 2018
Hatirjheel
Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Monday’s order and ruling came following an initial hearing on a writ petition filed by the Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh

The High Court has ordered the demolition of structures within the Hatirjheel-Begunbari project that have been built outside of its layout plan—within seven days.

A ruling was also issued requiring the concerned authorities to explain, within four weeks, why they should not be directed to protect the project according to the layout plan. It also sought explanations as to why an order should not be issued to stop the construction of structures outside of the layout plan.

The Rajuk chairman, Hatirjheel-Begunbari project director, Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner, the officer-in-charge of the concerned police station, and other defendants, have been asked to provide explanations within four weeks.

Monday’s order and ruling came from the bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam after an initial hearing on a writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB).

The HRPB petition challenged the legality of the structures constructed within the project area outside of the layout plan.

Petitioner’s counsel Manzill Murshid informed the court that a number of structures in Hatirjheel have been illegally built.

He later said the court had ordered regular supervision to prevent others from setting up new structures outside of the project’s layout plan.

The Rajuk chairman, Hatirjheel-Begunbari project director, Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner and the officer-in-charge of the concerned police station have been asked to carry out the demolition order within seven days, Murshid said.