24 November 2011

Bangladesh Supreme Court summons industries secy:

Dhaka, Nov 21 (bdnews24.com) — The Appellate Division has asked the industries secretary to present himself with a gazette of the shipbreaking industry regulations.

A six-member bench led by chief justice Mozammel Hossain on Monday ordered the secretary to be present with the gazette on Dec 14.

Attorney general Mahbubey Alam represented the state and Bangladesh Ship Breakers' Association was represented by Anisul Haque.

The petitioners, Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers' Association (BELA), were represented by Fida M Kamal and Iqbal Kabir.

Iqbal Kabir told reporters after the hearing, "Despite the court's orders, the government is yet to create a set of regulations or the management of the shipbreaking industry.

"The court has postponed the hearing and asked the industries secretary to present himself after formulating regulations and publishing a gazette," he said.

Earlier, the court allowed a limited amount of ships to be imported on the plea of BSBA on May 5 and asked the government to formulate regulations for the industry.

Source: bdnews24. 22 November 2011

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