HC asks Oli to appear March 7
The High Court yesterday deferred till March 7 the hearing on a rule it issued earlier against Liberal Democratic Party chief Col (Retd) Oli Ahmed on charge of starting construction of a resort on the Cox's Bazar beach in violation of environmental laws.
The HC bench of Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury Manik and Justice Jahangir Hossain Selim also directed Oli Ahmed to appear before it on March 7 to explain his conduct in this regard.
It passed the order after Oli's lawyer Mahbub Uddin Khokon yesterday submitted a petition seeking adjournment of hearing on the rule, saying that Oli is now in Saudi Arabia for performing Umra and he will return to the country on March 5.
Earlier on February 22, the HC in a rule summoned Oli to appear before it on February 28 (yesterday) to explain his role regarding construction of the resort.
The suo moto rule came following a report published in The Daily Star under the headline “Oli's castle on beach” on that day (February 22).
The report stated that lawmaker Oli Ahmed, without any permission from the authorities concerned, is having a four-storey structure built in the jhau woods on the Cox's Bazar beach that is a violation of environmental laws.