The High Court yesterday issued a contempt of court rule against the cultural affairs secretary and the director general of the Department of Archeology for not complying with its 2011 directive to protect the historical Lalbagh Fort in Old Dhaka.
In the rule, the court asked the two government high officials to show cause in two weeks as to why contempt of court proceedings should not be brought against them for not executing its order.
The HC bench of Justice Md Ashfaqul Islam and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal came up with the rule after hearing a contempt of court petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh.
HRPB's lawyer Manzill Murshid told the court that the HC on October 26, 2011 directed the secretary and the DG to remove illegal structures in and around the fort to protect its beauty, nature and archaeological heritage.
But, they have not taken any steps to implement the directives, which is similar to contempt of court, Manzill argued.