“As we are law abiding citizens and respectful to any decision of the court, I think that the court will consider our appeal for the sake of the RMG sector that employed thousands of workers,” BGMEA President Md Siddiqur Rahman told the Dhaka Tribune over phone.
In this regard he categorically said: “Since, the full verdict has already been published, the BGMEA will file a review petition within the first week of December.”
“Now, the ultimate decision on demolishing the BGMEA building depends on the court decision on our review petition,” said Rahman.
He, however, hoped that BGMEA would get a favourable direction from the court that would be better for the country's apparel industry.
As per the full verdict, the BGMEA will have to bear the whole cost of demolishing the building.
On June 2, the Supreme Court upheld a High Court ruling that had ordered the demolition of the BGMEA building in Hatirjheel in Dhaka.
A four-member bench of the Appellate Division led by Chief Justice Surenda Kumar Sinha rejected BGMEA's plea against the HC ruling.
In 2011, the HC had found the building had been constructed violating laws protecting the wetlands. In 2013, after the full verdict was available, the HC ordered the demolition of the building within 90 days upon receiving the court verdict. BGMEA then filled a leave-to-appeal petition against the order.
The Supreme Court judgment upholds a High Court verdict that had directed authorities concerned to demolish the fifteen storied commercial complex as it was constructed illegally.