Justice Hasan Fayez Siddiqui of the Appellate Division has suspended the ban imposed by the High Court on March 22 on the eviction of several illegal brickfields in Chittagong. At the same time, a full bench of the Appellate Division has fixed June 21 for hearing on the petition filed by the Environment Department against the High Court order. The lawyer said that there was no legal impediment to the eviction of illegal brick kilns as the order was issued on Thursday. The court passed the order on an application filed by the environment department. Advocate Manzil Morshed and Advocate Kamrul Islam Kiran represented the Department of Environment.
Advocate Manzil Morshed’s statement The order was taken from the High Court by concealing the information of the order of the Appellate Division. The High Court has stayed the order.
The High Court ordered closure and eviction of all illegal brickfields in Chittagong on December 14 last year, January 31 this year and February 25 this year. The instruction was given to the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Chittagong and the Director of the Department of Environment. Although the brick kiln owners appealed to the Appellate Division against the order of the High Court, the Appellate Division did not stay the order of the High Court. In this situation, the district administration took several times from the court to implement the court order. But even then the illegal brick field was not stopped and a contempt of court rule was issued against the concerned including the deputy commissioner. While the rule was pending, the brick kiln owners filed six separate writ petitions in the High Court. In the writ petition, the High Court issued an order on March 22 not to demolish the brickfields within 45 days. The Department of Environment appealed against the order to the Court of Appeals of the Appellate Division.