The High Court yesterday (Decemver 5) ordered the Officer-in-Charge of Lalbagh police station to stop illegal construction works, within 24 hours, going on surrounding the boundary of historical Lalbagh Kella (fort) in the Dhaka.
A bench of the High Court comprising Justice A H M Shamsuddin Chowdhury and Justice Sheikh Md Zakir Hossain also ordered the OC to submit a report on the matter before the court within a week.
The court issued a rule upon the government to explain why a direction to implement the rules of building construction and Antiquities Act, 1968 effectively to protect natural beauty and existence of the Kella should not be given.
The rule is returnable within three week.
The directions and rule of the HC followed a public interest litigation filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB) challenging legality of constructing the structures adjacent to the boundary of the Kella.
Secretaries to the Cultural Affairs Ministry and Home Ministry, Mayor of the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC), Chairman of the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakhha (RAJUK), Director General of the Archeology Department, Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner, OC of the Lalbag police station and three local residents--Md Shahid Hossain and Md Haque and Lenin-- are the respondents.
Advocate Manzill Murshid stood for the petitioner while Deputy Attorney General SM Altaf Hossain for the government.