The High Court today directed the authorities concerned to immediately stop ongoing construction of the structure near the Kacharibari of poet Rabindranath Tagore at Shahjadpur in Sirajganj.
In response to a writ petition, the court ordered the chairman of Yarn Merchant Association (YMA), a commercial organisation, to submit a report before it in four weeks after stopping the construction.
The YMA has been constructed a multiple-storey building 10 feet away from the Kacharibari of Rabindranath in violation of the law and ignoring the government’s prohibition, according to the petition.
The HC also issued a rule upon the government to explain in four weeks as to why it should not be directed to demolish the structure already constructed by YMA and to take necessary steps to protect and preserve the historical and archeological beauty of the Rabindra Kacharibari which was declared as an archeological site in 1994.
The HC bench of Justice Naima Haider and Justice Md Akram Hossain Chowdhury came up with the order and rule after hearing the writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh on August 7 seeking necessary orders on the authorities concerned to protect the existence of the natural beauty of the Kacharibari.
During the hearing, the petitioner's lawyer said that no structure can be constructed damaging natural beauty and significance of any historical and archeological site according to the Antiquities Act, 1968.
And the government is duty-bound to protect such places as per the constitution, he said.
But, the YMA has been constructing multi-storey building for business purpose adjacent to Rabindar Kacharibari violating the relevant law, Manzill argued.
Deputy Attorney General Mokhlesur Rahman represented the government.