The High Court today wanted to know what steps the committee led by the deputy commissioner (DC) of Chattogram has taken to protect the biodiversity, environment and the aquatic life, including fish and dolphins, in the Halda River in the district.
During a virtual hearing on a writ petition, the court ordered the DC of Chattogram to submit a report before it in the next 15 days, stating the steps taken by the committee to this effect.
The HC also directed the DC to explain in the same report why a dolphin from Halda River died on May 24.
The HC bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan fixed June 18 for passing further orders on this issue, Deputy Attorney General Amit Talukder told The Daily Star.
During the court proceedings, writ petitioner Barrister Abdul Qaium Liton placed a report published in The Daily Star's online edition on May 24 before the HC, saying that a dead giant dolphin of around 70kg was recovered from Halda River -- even after the court formed a committee to protect dolphins and the biodiversity of the river.
He prayed to the HC to pass an order in this regard.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represented the state during the hearing.
During hearing of the same writ petition, the HC on May 19 formed the committee headed by the Chattogram DC in order to protect the biodiversity, environment and aquatic life of the Halda River in the district.