The High Court Division on Thursday directed the government to evict an Ansar and VDP Camp set up in 2007 encroaching upon a two-acre Shishu Park at Khilgaon in the capital.
A bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Badruzzaman also asked the government to construct a modern Shishu Park at Block B, Khilgaon within one year and keep it open to children.
The respondents, housing ministry, Bangladesh Ansar and VDP, and Dhaka North City mayor were asked to free the Shishu Park within 90 days and construct a modern park there.
The court rejected Bangladesh Ansar-VDP’s prayer to allow its camp on the Shishu Park for six months until the national election.
In the observations, the court reprimanded the Ansar-VDP for setting up the camp encroaching upon the children’s park in violation of the Constitution, the law and contrary to public interest.
The court issued the directives while disposing two writ petitions, one filed by Bangladesh Ansar-VDP challenging the legality of cancelling lease of the land by the government and another filed by Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers’ Association to restore the Shishu Park.
In 2008 BELA filed the public interest litigation writ petition challenging the legality of reoccupation of Shishu Park by Bangladesh Ansar-VDP during the army-led caretaker government in 2007 although the lease was cancelled in 2004.
Bangladesh Ansar-VDP filed the writ petition in 2007 challenging the legality of cancelling the lease given to it in 1985.
The government cancelled the lease in 1996.
In 2000 the same land was given lease to Bangladesh Ansar-VDP in the name of Sabujmoti Trust but the government cancelled the lease in 2004 in public protest.
Supreme Court Lawyer Syeda Rizwana Hasan appeared for BELA and attorney general Mahbubey Alam for Ansar-VDP.
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