Demolish BGMEA Bhaban: SC

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Dhaka, June 2: The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday upheld the High Court (HC) verdict that ordered to demolish the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Bhaban at the city’s Hatirjheel project area.

A four-member bench of Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order.

With the SC judgment, there is no bar to demolish the BGMEA headquarters as it was constructed violating the Wetlands Protection Act.

As per the HC’s full text of a verdict that released on Tuesday ordered the government to demolish the BGMEA building within 90 days and use the land in public interest.

Declaring the structure illegal, the court directed the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) to return money to those who bought flats in the building in 12 months.

The HC observing that the building stands in the capital’s Hatirjheel project like a cancerous growth, and it will swamp the whole city unless it is evaporated forthwith.

The judges on April 3, 2011 had announced the verdict after holding hearing on a suo moto rule the HC had issued over the legality of the building.