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HC issues contempt rule against Wasa chief

  • Published at 06:52 pm January 23rd, 2020
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A Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority found Wasa had 58 of 68 sewerage lines to Buriganga

The High Court has issued a contempt rule against Wasa Managing Director Taksim Khan for not taking steps to prevent pollution in the Buriganga river and misleading the court with false information.

The bench of Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore and Justice Mohammad Ullah issued the rule on Thursday after hearing a petition by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh.

Manzil Murshid who moved for the petitioners said Taksim has been ordered to file a written response to the rule within two weeks.

The rights organization filed the writ in 2010. A year later the High Court ordered the Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) managing director to shut-off the industrial discharge line to Buriganga within six months.

The Environment Department cut-off power to those discharge lines in 2014, a move that was deemed legal by the Appellate Division in 2016.

However, as no effective steps were taken by the Wasa managing director, a supplementary petition was brought to the court in 2019 along with allegation of contempt of court.

Based on the complaint, the court ordered a report on the sewerage lines to the river. Although WASA denied having any lines to Buriganga, a Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority found 68 lines, 58 of which belonged to Wasa.

The court then ordered progress reports on Wasa implementing the orders but they have not been able to show any significant progress.