The Supreme Court has upheld a High Court verdict that asked the government to stop all commercial operations in the Dhanmondi residential area and evict existing commercial establishments.
A four-member bench of the Appellate Division led by Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah passed the order after rejecting two leave-to-appeal pleas filed by Maple Leaf International School and Dhaka South City Corporation against the High Court verdict.
The High Court order was passed on June 11, 2012 in response to a writ petition filed by two residents of Dhanmondi in February 2011 who prayed for the High Court's direction on the government to take steps to preserve components of the residential area.
The court in its order had said that to protect the status and environment of Dhanmondi the concerned government authorities and Rajdhani Unnayan Kartipakkha (Rajuk) will stop unauthorised commercial operations in the Dhanmondi residential area.
They will also no longer issue any permits for any commercial activities there. But the commercial establishments already there will get prior notice with deadlines to relocate their businesses.
The court said that the commercial establishments on road 2 and 27, Satmasjid and Mirpur Road will not be asked to move as the areas have already been declared commercial zones.
After the High Court verdict, Rajuk asked all businesses to move.
Maple leaf International School and Dhaka South City Corporation challenged the High Court verdict.