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Notice served to withdraw BGMEA's time petition

  • Published at 04:18 pm April 17th, 2019
Rajuk officials seen putting a lock on the BGMEA building’s gate on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

The BGMEA president sought the petition on April 2 last year from the Supreme Court to knock down the building

A legal notice has been served to BGMEA President Siddiqur Rahman, asking him to withdraw the time petition filed with the Supreme Court, within 72 hours.

Supreme Court lawyer Advocate Manzill Murshid served the notice on Wednesday.

The legal notice mentions that if the petition is not withdrawn, a contempt of court petition will be moved against the president.

Manzill, in the notice, further said, the BGMEA president on April 2 last year submitted an undertaking to the Supreme Court that they would not seek more time from this court to demolish the BGMEA building.

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"However, your failure to follow up the undertaking, has shown utter disregard for the order passed by the High Court, which amounts to contempt of court," the lawyer said.

Siddiqur, while talking to reporters, said: "I have never appealed to the court for an extension. But I request the court to take action against those who have filed the petition to extend the time period."

The BGMEA, back then, also sought one-year's time from the Supreme Court to knock down the building.

Following their petition, the Supreme Court on April 2, last year gave them a year’s time to shift its offices and asked BGMEA to demolish the building after one year, Manzill said.

However, the BGMEA president submitted another petition to the Supreme Court on April 11 this year seeking one-year time again, which is a violation of the Supreme Court, the lawyer added.  

"You have violated the court's direction and your undertaking, deliberately, in order to pollute the function of justice," Manzill said. "Hence, you have committed contempt of court. Therefore, in the interest of justice, you should be dealt with in accordance with the law."