The court also ordered them to import effective medicine on an emergency basis
The High Court has directed the Dhaka North and South City Corporations to take appropriate action against people involved in purchasing and importing ineffective medicines to fight the mosquito menace.
The High Court bench of Justices FRM Nazmul Ahasan and KM Kamrul Kader gave the order on Wednesday after hearing a writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB).
Earlier on July 2, the court directed the two city corporations to take effective steps to prevent the mosquito menace in the capital, and thus control the alarming spread of dengue fever.
The court also ordered the city corporations to import effective medicine on an emergency basis.
Advocate Nurunnahar Nupur represented the city corporations, and Advocate Manzill Murshid stood for the writ. Attorney General Mahbubey Alam, accompanied by Deputy Attorney General ABM Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar, represented the state.
At Wednesday's hearing, the court said the Dhaka city corporations failed to take effective steps to prevent the mosquito epidemic, although it had ordered them to do so, numerous times in the past.
Addressing the city corporation lawyer, the court said: "Dengue has become an epidemic. Although we asked you [the city corporations] to take steps to prevent this menace, you did not heed us. At least 21-22 people have died, and thousands are sick from dengue, yet the mayors say it's 'nothing'.
"How can a mayor say such a thing?" the court asked. "They need to change their attitude. Only those who have lost their children can understand the pain."
If preventive steps had been taken in February, when the court had first asked them to, then the situation would not have worsened, said Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan.
Upon the city corporations' lawyer saying that it felt bad to "read this news," Justice Kamrul Kader said: "Corrupt people do not feel bad because their children study and live abroad. They do not have to bear any pain."
The court then asked for emergency measures to be taken to battle the menace, and to take legal action against those corrupt individuals responsible for importing ineffective medicines.
On May 14, the High Court bench expressed its dissatisfaction with the reports submitted by Dhaka north and south city corporations.
At a hearing on the same day, the court observed that the city corporations have shown negligence in eradicating air pollution and controlling the mosquito menace.
DSCC CEO Mustafizur Rahman, and DNCC CEO Md Abdul Hai presented separate reports to the court.
Both CEOs informed the court that it is impossible to control air pollution because of various development projects like the Metro Rail Project.
The court asked why there was a lack of coordination between the multiple development projects which were undertaken simultaneously.
On May 5, the same bench summoned DNCC and DSCC chief executives, seeking an explanation of measures taken to protect Dhaka from air pollution.
On that day the court also expressed its dissatisfaction with the reports on air pollution, something it had done twice before.
The city corporations were asked to submit the reports in response to the writ petition filed by HRPB.
Responding to the writ on January 28, the High Court ordered the Department of Environment to conduct twice weekly mobile court drives against parties causing air pollution in the capital.