The government has created a poor track record of ignoring suo moto orders issued by the High Court Division on issues of public importance.
No one even takes the interest to bring contempt motions for such gross non compliance, lawyers and court officials told New Age.
Both the Appellate Division and the High Court Division of the Supreme Court usually issue suo moto rules when the authorities violate citizens’ rights or commit other irregularities, they said.
They said that several suo moto rules on issues of serious public importance await disposal as the respondents show no interest in them.
The situation requires the Supreme Court Bar Association and the Attorney General’s Office to assign an officer to follow up and seek appropriate action for non-compliance of suo moto rules, said rights lawyer Shahdeen Malik.
SCBA secretary AM Mahbub Uddin Khokon called for formation of a committee for following up non compliance of suo moto rules.
Non demolition of the unauthorized 15-storyed BGMEA Bhaban on the Hatijheel Lake in the capital is a glaring example of violation of the Appellate Division’s verdict, said lawyers.
Extrajudicial killings in ‘crossfire’ are continuing in violation of a suo moto rule issued by the High Court on December 14, 2009.
There is no compliance of another suo moto rule the High Court Division issued on August 3, 2015 directing the government and the police to keep unfit motor vehicles off the roads across the country.
There has been no compliance of another directive in the same suo moto rule to seize 18.77 lakh ‘fake driving licences’ and take action against their holders.
Lawyers said that the government and the police also did not comply with another suo moto rule issued by the High Court in October 2014 asking them not to allow VIPs and VVIPs to drive on the wrong side of roads.
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