Sadeque Agro files writ to get 17 cows released
A writ petition was filed with the High Court yesterday seeking its directive on the authorities concerned to release 17 imported cows of Brahman breed, which were seized at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on July 5.
Md Imran Hossain, owner of dairy farm Sadeque, a concern of Sadeque Agro Ltd, submitted the writ petition before the HC challenging the legality of the seizure by customs officials.
Citing the petition, Imran's lawyer Mohammad Mehdi Hasan told The Daily Star that his client imported 18 cows of Brahman breed from the USA for research and development purposes.
There is no legal bar on importing such animals to the country for research and development purposes as per the government's import policies, he said, adding that one of the cows died on July 6.
He said each of the cows was more than two years old and his client paid the US dairy farm concerned $40,000 for the cows.
The lawyer said the HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim may hold a hearing on the petition today.
The cows arrived on a Turkish Airlines flight on July 5, 2021, Deputy Commissioner (Preventive) of Dhaka Customs House Mohammad Abdus Sadeq told media on July 6.
After the flight landed, no one came to the airport to claim the animals.
Abdus Sadeq said customs officials seized the herd as import of Brahman-breed cows is not legal in the country, and the importer could not be located.
The animals were handed over to the Livestock Department, he added.