The High Court today directed the authorities concerned of government to immediately shut down all the illegal brick kilns in Chattogram and to submit a report after complying with the directive by February 18.
During hearing a petition, the court also asked the deputy commissioner of Chattogram and the director of Department of Environment in the district to submit all the documents regarding fining 71 illegal brick kilns through mobile courts along with the compliance report.
The HC bench of Justice Md Mozibur Rahman Miah and Justice Md Kamrul Hossain Mollah also set February 22 for passing further order on this issue.
The bench came up with the directive following a petition filed bringing contempt of court charge against two executive magistrates for not complying with its order over shutting down the illegal brick kilns at Chandanaish and Lohagara upazilas in Chattogram.
The two executive magistrates are SM Alamgir and Zillur Rahman.
Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB), a rights organisation, filed the petition with the HC on January 20 against executive magistrate of Chandanaish SM Alamgir and executive magistrate of Lohagara Zillur Rahman.
The organisation said in the petition that the HC, following a writ petition, on December 14 last year directed the authorities concerned of the government to take necessary steps to shut down the illegal brick kilns in Chattogram in a week to save the environment.
On December 31 last year, executive magistrate SM Alamgir and on January 18 this year executive magistrate Zillur Rahman fined some illegal brick kilns at Chandanaish and Lohagara respectively and gave them two months' time to collect environmental clearance certificates without shutting them down, the petitioner said.
During hearing of the petition on January 26, HRPB's counsel Manzill Murshid told the HC that the executive magistrates have not closed the illegal brick kilns which is a violation of the HC directive and it amounts to contempt of court.
Manzill Murshid prayed to the HC to issue a contempt of court rule against the two executive magistrates and issue summons asking them to appear before it to offer their explanation on the matter.