Friday, 28 January 2011

Bhawal Estate: HC orders Bhawal property probe, Asks govt to form body in a week

The High Court yesterday (January 24) directed the government to form a committee in a week to find out the reasons behind the loss of public property belonging to the Bhawal estate.

The HC bench of Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik and Justice Sheikh Md Zakir Hossain also asked the government to submit a report in this regard within three months.
After hearing a writ filed as a public interest litigation by rights organisation Society for Justice, the bench issued a rule upon the government to explain within three weeks why it should not be directed to take appropriate steps to protect public property.
The bench came up with the order and rule as the petition sought directives from this court on the government to take appropriate steps to protect public property.
The organisation filed the petition yesterday after The Daily Star ran a series of reports published on January 22-23 on the grabbing of Bhawal estate land.
According to the reports, over 83 percent of the Bhawal estate's 2,516 acres of land has disappeared in the last 60 years from the hands of its custodian, the Court of Wards under the Ministry of Land.
Currently, only 443 acres of the total Bhawal land is registered with the name of its custodian. Surprisingly, 442 civil cases are now pending with the courts of justice regarding the fate of the 443 acres of land, the remnant of the Bhawal estate.
The Court of Wards is also erratically trying to settle an additional 6,977 land settlement petitions to "save" the remaining 443 acres from influential land grabbers.
The third part of the report said "deliberate" neglect by the Ministry of Land during the four-party alliance rule paved the way for a developer to take over 202.76 acres of Bhawal estate land.
The East West Property Development Ltd (EWPD) has developed its housing project near Baridhara on that particular piece of land, according to the report.
During hearing yesterday, Advocate Mahbubul Islam, a counsel for the petitioner, told the court different dishonest land grabbers are occupying hundreds of acres of land of Bhawal estate through illegal means.
The secretary to the land ministry, inspector general of police, deputy commissioner and superintendent of police of Gazipur, custodian of Bhawal estate, and officers-in-charge of Gulshan, Cantonment, Biman Bandar and Khilkhet police stations have been made respondents to the rule
Daily Star

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