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HC rejects pleas to exempt 3 from personal appearance

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The High Court on Sunday refused to exempt three government officials, including Disaster Management and Relief Secretary Shah Kamal, from appearing in court in person for their failure to procure necessary equipment for operating rescue operations after any earthquake.An HC bench comprising Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice M Sahidul Haque rejected their pleas and asked them to submit a report on June 5.
Advocate Manzill Murshid stood for Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh while deputy attorney general Shashanko Shekhor Sarker represented the state.
On April 27, 2015, the High Court asked the government to submit the report on the procurement following a writ petition.
The court asked four officials, including Home Secretary, Disaster Management and Relief secretary and director general of Fire Service and Civil Defence, to submit the report before it by May 12.
The HC on July 29, 2009 passed an order asking the government to procure different instruments for operating rescue operations after any earthquake.
But the government did not procure all the necessary equipment according to the HC order.
On May 15, the HC asked them to appear before the court on May 29 as they could not implement the court order.

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