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Rawhide price manipulation: HC refused to hear writ seeking probe

  • Published at 08:20 am August 18th, 2019
File photo: Men sort out rawhides after animal sacrifice on the second day of Eid in Dhaka Tuesday, August 13, 2019 Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

While Bangladesh Hide and Skin Merchants Association applauded the move, the Bangladesh Tannery Association protested it, and urged the government to step back from exporting rawhides

Two benches of the High Court (HC) on Sunday refused to hear a writ that has been filed to seeks its directive on the government to conduct a judicial probe to find out the reason, and responsibility for the drastic fall of rawhide price this year.

Earlier in the day, Supreme Court lawyer Barrister Mohiuddin Md Hanif Farhad submitted the petition to the HC challenging the inaction, and failure of the authorities concerned in preventing the price slump of rawhide.

The lawyer told, I went to two benches for hearing but both of the benches refused to hear the writ.

On Monday he will go to another bench for hearing, the lawyer confirmed.

Secretaries to the ministries of commerce and industries, chairman of Bangladesh Tanners’ Association, and president of Bangladesh Hide and Merchants’ Association have been made respondents in the petition.

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Earlier, the government decided to give the green light to the export of rawhides, as traders found the prevailing prices in the local market to be extremely low.

While Bangladesh Hide and Skin Merchants Association applauded the move, the Bangladesh Tannery Association protested it, and urged the government to step back from exporting rawhides.

On Saturday, Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud said, the government is determined to investigate, and track down the alleged syndicate that is trying to benefit by selling excess rawhide after Eid-ul-Azha.

Tannery owners have also started rawhide procurement as per the government’s instructions, and will continue to do so for the next two months.

Just before the Eid-ul-Azha, the government fixed the price of rawhide of sacrificial animals. The price of cowhide per square foot in Dhaka was fixed at Tk45-50, while it was set at Tk35-40 for the rest of the country.

Besides, the price of male goat hide per square foot was fixed at Tk18-20, and female goat at Tk13-15.

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