Relocation of dogs: HC adjourns plea hearing as DSCC to settle issue on Tuesday | The Daily Star
01:05 PM, September 27, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:26 PM, September 27, 2020

Relocation of dogs: HC adjourns plea hearing as DSCC to settle issue on Tuesday

The High Court today adjourned the hearing on a writ petition that challenged Dhaka South City Corporation's move to relocate stray dogs from its area till October 6.

The adjournment order came following a time prayer moved by petitioners' lawyer Saqeb Mahbub and Additional Attorney General Murad Reza.

They told the court that DSCC Mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh is scheduled to hold a meeting on Tuesday with the petitioners and other stakeholders to settle the issue over the relocation of dogs.

They also prayed to the HC bench of Justice Md Ashfaqul Islam and Justice Mohammad Ali to wait for the outcome of the meeting before hearing the petition.

Read More: Jaya Ahsan, two orgs file petition against DSCC dog relocation

National Award-winning actor Jaya Ahsan and animal welfare organisations Obhoyaronyo and People for Animal Welfare submitted the writ petition as a public interest litigation to the HC on September 17, requesting it to stay the DSCC move to relocate stray dogs and dump them in the Matuail landfill.

In the petition, they also challenged legality of the DSCC decision and urged the HC to issue a rule asking the government and DSCC to explain why it should not be declared illegal.

Citing the petition, Barrister Saqeb Mahbub, lawyer for the petitioners, earlier told The Daily Star that no animal including stray dogs can be removed, relocated and dumped as per Section 7 of the Animal Welfare Act, 2019.

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