HC arrest warrant against 3 tannery owners for non-compliance

HC arrest warrant against 3 tannery owners for non-compliance

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The High Court Sunday issued arrest warrant against three Hazaribagh tannery owners for not complying with its earlier order relating to move their factories to Savar and not appearing before court despite a summons order.
On March 23, in response to a contempt petition, the HC summoned 10 tannery owners to appear in person before it on April 10 to explain their position on not implementing its earlier order for shifting their tanneries from Hazaribagh to Savar.But, three owners were appeared before the HC yesterday, three were died in the meantime, three were not appeared while the other is now in abroad.
During contempt petition hearing, the HC bench comparing Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice AKM Shahidul Huq issued arrest warrant for three owners, who were not appeared before it despite a summons order.
The trio are: Abdul Wadud Mia, proprietor of M/S Mahin Tannery; Abdul Wahab, proprietor of M/S Nabipur Tannery, and Mafiz Mia, proprietor of M/S Asia Tannery.
The HC bench also asked the authorities concerned to send three other tannery owners, who were appeared before the court, but fail to give explanation over the relocation of their tanneries, to a lower court for not relocating their tanneries.
They are: Mahbubur Rahman Panna, proprietor of M/S Pubali Tanneries, Giasuddin Ahmed Pathan, managing director of Rumi Leather Industries Ltd, and Akbar Hossain, managing director of M/S Paramount Tannery. All of them appeared before the HC bench but did not make any explanation to its rule. Hence, the HC bench sent them to the lower court, said, petitioner’s lawyer Advocate Manzill Murshid.
However, the HC also asked Arefin Shamsul Al Amin, managing director of Rana Leather Industries Ltd; to appear before it on May 3, as he is now abroad.
The HC bench had on March 23 summoned them to appear in person before it on April 10 to explain their position on not implementing its earlier order for shifting their tanneries from Hazaribagh to Savar.
Earlier, on August 11 last year, in response to a contempt petition filed by HRPB, the HC had issued a rule asking the 10 tannery owners to explain in two weeks why contempt of court proceedings should not be brought against them for creating obstruction in implementation of its 2001 judgement.
Despite the HC rule, the tannery owners are yet to shift their industries. Hence, another contempt petition was filed on March 21 seeking personal appearance of the tannery owners.
Advocate Manzil Murshid, counsel for the petitioner, told reporters that in 2011, the HC directed the government to relocate the tanneries located in Hazaribagh to Savar within two years.
Earlier, in 2009, the HC had directed the government to relocate the tanneries from Hazaribagh to save the Buriganga river from pollution by February 2010. The same court later extended the deadline for six months. But the government could not implement the directives as the tannery owners did not shift their tanneries, which is a contempt of court, Manzil said. – Staff Reporter

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