‘We will not interfere in this matter now as we hope it will be settled in a balanced way after discussions,’ say judges
A High Court bench on Thursday adjourned for four weeks the writ hearing on tree cutting at historical Suhrawardy Udyan, hoping that the matter will be resolved through discussions between the government and environmentalists.
The bench of Justice Farah Mahbub and Justice SM Maniruzaaman made the decision while hearing a writ petition over the matter.
“We will not interfere in this matter at the moment as we hope the issue will be settled in a balanced and nice way after discussions between the government and environmentalists including the writ petitioners," the judges said.
Attorney General AM Amin Uddin told the court that the liberation war affairs minister assured him that he will talk to environmentalists before the government decides on this issue.
The Liberation War Affairs Ministry has taken up a project to build an independence monument and other related infrastructures at Suhrawardy Udyan.
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He added that the process of cutting down trees at Suhrawardy Udyan has been suspended.
Lawyers Fida M Kamal and Syeda Rizwana Hasan appeared for the writ petitioners, while additional attorney generals Mohammad Mehedi Hasan Chowdhury and SK Md Morshed represented the state during the virtual hearing.
On May 9, six organizations and an individual submitted the writ petition to stop the felling of trees at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan.
The petitioners are Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA), Association for Land Reforms and Development (ALRD), Nijera Kori, Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST), Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA), Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) and architect Mobassher Hossain.