Everyday Tk 50,000 fine till tanneries shift to Savar: HC

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Dhaka, June 16: High Court on Thursday ordered the owners of tanneries based in Dhaka will have to pay a fine of Tk 50,000 per day till they shift their factories to Savar.

The HC bench of Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice AKM Shahidul Huque passed the order following a petition by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh.

Petitioner’s lawyer Manzill Murshid said the industries secretary on Thursday submitted a list of 155 tanneries, which are still operating at Hazaribagh in violation of the HC directives.

Of the listed tanners, one industry, Reliance Tannery Ltd, has already relocated their industry to Savar. So, the company does not to pay the compensation, he added.

The fine to state fund is a compensation for damaging the environment, the HC said.

The HC also directed the industries secretary to submit a report on whether the tannery owners have paid the compensation by July 17.

The court also ordered the environment secretary to assess the damage of environment of Buriganga River due to the tannery industries and to submit a report in this regard before the court by July 17.

Petitioner’s lawyer Manzill Murshid said another petition will be moved before the HC seeking order for tannery owners to appear before court and to send them to jail if they do not pay the compensation every day as per the HC order.

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