The Supreme Court yesterday upheld a High Court order that issued a ban on inspection and training activities of Nirapon, an alliance of North American readymade garments buyers in Bangladesh.
A five-member bench of the Appellate Division of the SC, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, dismissed a petition filed by Nirapon challenging the HC order.
Following a writ petition filed by Dragon Sweater Bangladesh Limited, the HC on October 22 imposed a six-month ban on the inspection and training activities of Nirapon -- that had been overseeing the building safety, inspection and remediation of garment factories in Bangladesh since April.
The HC also issued a rule asking Nirapon to explain why it should not be ordered to join the RMG Sustainability Council and to establish a common standard for safety monitoring of RMG sector, Barrister Imtiaz Moinul Islam, a lawyer for Dragon Sweater Bangladesh Limited, told The Daily Star.
He said the HC order of ban will remain in force following the apex court order.
Barrister Imtiaz said Nirapon, which is the continuation of Alliance for Bangladesh Workers Safety, has no permission from Bangladesh Investment Development Authority to operate in Bangladesh.
Nirapon was arbitrarily overcharging factories for inspection and training, he said, adding that the HC is scheduled to hold hearing on the rule on December 11.