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No legal action against environmentalists till Sunday: HC

No legal action against environmentalists till Sunday: HC

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Star Online Report

The High Court today asked the government not to take any legal action till Sunday against the green activists who have been demonstrating for opening Dhanmondi playground to public.

The attorney general office has been asked to send the HC order to the authorities concerned of the government.

The court came up with the order while hearing a writ petition seeking the HC directives on the authorities to stop construction of illegal structures on Dhanmondi playground.

Later, the HC bench of Justice Salma Masud Chowdhury and Justice Md Habibul Gani adjourned the hearing of the petition till Sunday.

Architect Mobassher Hossain, also former president of Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB), and five others submitted the writ petition yesterday seeking an HC order asking the authorities concerned to remove the structures already built on the ground.

The petition also sought permission for allowing general people to the playground.

The petitioners said Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club has been constructing structures on the Dhanmondi playground violating laws relating to environment, building construction and water bodies.

Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) secretary, Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) chief engineer, Secretary to the ministry of housing and public works, Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) chairman and its director (administration), Dhaka (South) City Corporation and Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club have been made respondents to the petition.

Different rights organisations have been wagging movement demanding access of general people into the Dhanmondi playground.

The HC order came hours after four environmentalists, who were sued for protesting occupation of Dhanmondi playground, surrendered before a lower court and secured bail.

The green activists face charges of entering Dhanmondi playground illegally and damaging construction work during a demonstration program against the “illegally occupation” on April 18.

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