The officials failed to comply with an HC order to submit a report on the extent of damage to the canal
The High Court has issued contempt of court rule against five people including the director general of Department of Environment (DoE) and the deputy commissioner of Habiganj district for not determining the damage to a canal and locals due to pollution caused by "Maar" company in Madhabpur upazila.
The joint bench of justice Md Mojibur Rahman Mia and Justice Kamrul Hossain Molla passed the order on Tuesday, asking the five officials to submit their response to the rule within 14 days after receiving the notice.
The DoE director (monitor and enforcement), the director of Sylhet environment department and the UNO of Madhabpur are the other officials against whom the rule has been issued.
On March 15, the High Court bench ordered to submit a report within two months determining the pollution and damage of Ektiarpul canal and people in the area and to halt the operations of the company responsible for three months.
The rule came after a writ petition filed by Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA).
Later, on June 15, the court ordered to keep the company shut for three more months.
However, the directed officials did not submit the report even after extending the time for 15 days.
During a hearing on the plea of Maar Company to open the factory on Tuesday, the court rejected the appeal and issued the rule against those five officials, said lawyer of BELA Sayeed Ahmed Kabir who stood for the petitioner’s side.