HC asks govt to settle dispute over market construction by Rajbari dist judge

Staff Correspondent | Published: 16:45, May 02,2021 | Updated: 00:59, May 03,2021


The High Court on Sunday asked the government to settle the dispute over the construction of a market complex on the Rajbari court premises by the district judge, Nilufar Sultana.

The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Sardar Md Rashed Jahangir observed that a district judge becoming the president of a market committee did not look good.

The court made the observation during the hearing of a writ petition filed by Rajbari district Bar Association’s former secretary ATM Mostafa against the construction of the Masjid Market Complex.

The court asked attorney general AM Amin Uddin to resolve the dispute after consulting with the law ministry secretary, the Supreme Court Registrar General and leaders of Rajbari district Bar Association.   

The court adjourned until May 19 hearing of the writ petition.

Mostafa challenged the legality of constructing the market on the government’s land for commercial purpose with the district judge as the committee chairman.

The court also asked the attorney general to take initiative to suspend the construction works until the dispute is resolved.

The petitioner’s counsels ZI Khan Panna and Aynunnahar Siddiqua told the court that the district judge continued constructing the market beside a mosque ignoring Public Works Department objections.

Panna said that a part of the market also fell on the land of the Rajbari district Bar Association.

He said that the district judge was bagging Tk 5 lakh from each people seeking allotment of a shop.

SC spokesman Mohammad Saifur Rahman refused to make a comment on the allegation.

The law secretary, the district judge and the deputy commission of Rajbari were made respondents in the writ petition.

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