HC hands over 3 tannery owners to police: Bangladesh

The High Court has handed over three tannery owners to police for not complying with its previous order of relocating hazardous tanneries to Savar.

The High Court bench of Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice AKM Shahidul Huq passed the order on Sunday afternoon.

The court also issued arrest warrant against three other tannery owners as they did not appear before it on the day.

Pubali Tanneries’ Mahbubur Rahman, Rumi Leader Industries’ Gias Uddin Ahmed Pathan and Paramount tanneries’ Md Akbar Hossain were handed over to jail keeper for producing them to the CMM court.

Arrest warrant was issued against Mahin Tanneries’ Abdul Owdud Mia, Nabipur Tanneries’ Abdul Wahab, Asia Tanneries’ Mofiz Mia.

Of the 10 tannery owners summoned by the High Court, Karim Leader Unit 2 owner Rezaul Karim Ansari, Salam Tanneries’ Abdus Salam, and Juliet Enterprise’s owner Sayedul Haque Master are dead.

Rana Leather Industries’ Managing Director Arefin Shamsul Alamin is now in abroad.

Lawyer Manzil Morshed stood for the petitioner while Shah Monjurul Haque moved for the tannery owners and Advocate Rois Uddin moved for the industries secretary.

The High Court in 2001 had asked for relocating the tanneries from Hazaribagh. On June 23, 2009, the court again fixed February 24, 2010 as the deadline for relocation.

The state prayed the court several time to extend time while the last deadline expired on April 30, 2011. As the order was not followed by the owners, Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh - a rights organisation - lodged a contempt of court petition.

After the owners failed several times to comply with court orders, a contempt of court ruling was finally issued by the court on August 11, 2015, asking why punitive actions should not be taken against the ten owners.

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