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HC orders judicial inquiry into grabbing of agricultural land in Cox’s Bazar

  • Published at 11:09 pm June 15th, 2021
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Chief judicial magistrate of Cox’s Bazar to submit probe report in two months

The High Court on Tuesday ordered a judicial inquiry into how 60 acres of agricultural land were illegally grabbed from their real owners at Muhuripar of Cox’s Bazar district.

The order was passed by the High Court bench of Justice Md Mozibur Rahman Miah and Justice Md Kamrul Hossain Mollah upon hearing a writ petition filed by rights organisation Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK).

The judges asked the chief judicial magistrate of Cox’s Bazar to submit the probe report of the inquiry within two months.

They also ruled status quo on the possession of the land until further notice.

Besides, the HC asked why the inaction and failure of the government's defendants to prevent illegal occupation of land in Muhuripara should not be illegal.

The land secretary, home secretary, Cox's Bazar deputy commissioner and additional deputy commissioner, superintendent of police, Cox's Bazar Sadar executive magistrate, Sadar Upazila executive officer and assistant commissioner (land), Sadar police station OC, and Cox's Bazar Environment Office assistant director were made respondents to the rule.

Lawyers Syeda Nasrin and Md Shahinuzzaman appeared for the writ petitioner at the virtual hearing. Deputy Attorney General Nowroz Md Rasel Chowdhury represented the state.

ASK submitted the writ as a public interest litigation to the HC on March 14, seeking directives from the authorities concerned to recover the 60 acres of agricultural land from grabbers.