Writ petition seeks HC directive to release 17 imported Brahman cows seized at Dhaka airport
A writ petition was filed with the High Court today, seeking its directive on the authorities concerned of the government to release 17 imported cows of Brahman breed, which were seized at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on July 5.
Md Imran Hossain, owner of the dairy farm Sadeeq, a concern of Sadeeq Agro Limited, submitted the writ petition to the HC -- challenging the legality of customs officials' action of seizing the cows.
Citing the petition, Imran's lawyer Mohammad Mehdi Hasan told The Daily Star that his client had imported 18 cows of Brahman breed from USA for research and development purposes.
There is no legal bar for 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 the cows are over two years old and his client has paid USD 40,000 to the US dairy farm concerned for the cattle.
The lawyer also said the HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim may hold hearing on the petition tomorrow.
Customs officials reportedly seized the 18 cows at Dhaka airport after those were imported from USA and arrived at the airport via a Turkish Airlines flight on July 5, 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 also said customs officials seized the herd as import of Brahman-breed cattle is not legal in the country, and also the importer could not be located.
The animals were handed over to the livestock department, he added.