Thursday, 28 July 2011

SC gets back the 55-acre land

The Appellate Division has upheld the High Court verdict declaring 55 acres of land currently under Shishu Academy and Sharak Bhaban as the Supreme Court's property.

A seven-member bench, led by chief justice Muzammel Hossain, turned down two leave-to-appeals against the verdict on Thursday (July 28).

On Mar 10, the High Court declared that the property belonged to the Supreme Court and asked the government to hand over it within 90 days.

The ruling came upon a petition filed by advocates Asaduzzaman Siddique and Akkasuddin Bhuiyan.

Shishu Academy director and Roads and Highways Division (RHD) chief engineer filed two separate leave-to-appeals against the verdict.

Manzill Murshid , the counsel for the petitioners, told, "The Governor House was built on 55 acres of land in 1910. In 1947, East Pakistan High Court and in 1971 the Bangladesh Supreme Court was built over there.

"At present, a portion of that property is in the possession of Shishu Academy and Sharak Bhaban (RHD headquarters)."

He added that now the petitioners would apply for recording the entire property against the Supreme Court's name.
News Source:, July 28

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