The High Court today summoned the deputy commissioner of Cox's Bazar for not complying with its order for evicting illegal structures from ecologically critical area Jhilolja Mouja in the district.
The HC bench of Justice Md Ashfaqul Islam and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal asked DC Ruhul Amin to appear before it by 10:30am on September 9 to explain why he had not complied with the HC order.
On June 8, 2011, the HC directed the government to evict illegal structures from Jhilolja Mouja and to stop hill cutting there.
The DC was asked to submit a compliance report before the court.
The High Court came up with the June 8 directives following a writ petition filed by Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (Bela).
Bela's lawyer Iqbal Kabir Lytton received the certified copy of the judgement on May 31, 2012 and then he sent a notice to the DC to comply with the court directives but the DC did not take any initiatives for implementing the verdict.
Then Bela filed a contempt of court petition against the DC of Cox's Bazar and 11 other officials.
The HC on March 4 issued a contempt of court rule against the DC and others.
Bela recently field another petition with the HC seeking its directives on the DC to appear before it for explaining his position about complying with the verdict.
After hearing the petition, the HC bench issued today’s order.