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HC to BRTA: Dispose of Suprobhat’s route permit plea

  • Published at 02:18 pm April 16th, 2019
Killer Suprovat Paribahan bus
Students protest in front of the bus that ran over Abrar Ahmed Chowdhury at Kuril, Dhaka on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Collected

The BRTA chairman has been directed to decide on the matter

The High Court has directed Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) to decide on Suprobhat Paribahan's application to resume their bus service within 30 days.

The bench of Justice Moinul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal passed the order; after hearing a writ petition filed by Advocate Abu Yahia Dulal, representing the bus company, on Tuesday.

Dulal said: "BRTA sent a letter to Suprobhat Paribahan to stop their bus service and asked for all the legal documents received by them regarding permission to operate on March 20.

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"Responding to BRTA's order, the bus company halted its operation and submitted all the documents demanded. Despite this BRTA did not respond and disposed of the matter."

"Later, on April 1, the bus company sent a letter to the BRTA requesting for a quick solution to the proceeding matter. However, BRTA again did not respond. 

"Following this, on April 8, the company sent a legal notice to BRTA to respond within 24 hours, seeking permission to start their bus service. Then we filed a writ petition to the High Court as BRTA did not respond to our notice on Monday," he added.

Previously, on 20 March, the High Court directed Suprobhat Paribahan to give Tk10 lakh after the hearing on a petition seeking compensation for the victim's family.

The court also issued a ruling asking the authorities concerned, and the bus company, to explain why they should not be directed to compensate Abrar's family with Tk5 crore within four weeks.