Dhaka – As land grabbing has become a menace in Bangladesh, a High Court bench on Sunday asked the election authorities not to allow anyone accused of encroaching river land to disqualify from running for any election in the South Asian country.
The High Court bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal also directed the central bank not to entitle such offenders to obtain loan from any bank.
The order came on a writ petition seeking protection of one of the major rivers, Turag, that surrounds the capital city Dhaka from the illegal encroaching.
The court announced the river as “legal and juristic person” and a living entity asking the authorities to remove all structures from it in 30 days.
The court also emphasized on creating mass awareness to save the rivers across Bangladesh, and asked the education ministry to introduce an hour of lecture each a week for two months at every educational institutes to save the rivers from the land grabbers.
The industries ministry was also asked to take steps so that meetings are held for one hour a day in two months each for building consciousness for protecting the river among the labourers of the mills and factories across the country.
The court also ordered the National River Protection Commission to take necessary development measures and protection for all the rivers of the country.
The government has also been asked to amend the National River Protection Commission Act of 2013 for making an effective commission to oversee the matter. The court also asked the government to report back in six months.