The High Court has quashed the status quo order for eviction of 43 illegal structures built by occupying lands of 4 mouzas on the banks of Ichhamati river in Pabna. According to the judgment, on June 25, 2009, the High Court gave a detailed explanation of the river boundary in the case of four rivers around Dhaka (Buriganga, Dhaleshwari, Turag and Shitalakshya).
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The verdict said that the boundaries of the river should be captured according to the CS records. The Appellate Division later upheld the verdict. Therefore, the boundary of Ichhamati river will also be determined according to the CS record.
Justice Mojibur Rahman Mia and Justice. The High Court bench comprising Kamrul Hossain Mollah on Sunday dismissed the status quo petition. As a result, there was no longer any obstacle to the eviction of illegal structures along the Ichhamati river.
Manzil Morshed, a senior lawyer representing the petitioner organization Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB) and N.S. M Ahsanul Haque. On the other hand, Barrister Anik R Haque took part in the hearing on behalf of the occupiers.
Later, senior lawyer Manzil Morshed told reporters that 43 people had filed a writ petition in the High Court in 2020 after the district administration issued a notice for eviction of structures on river land in four mouzas on the banks of Ichhamati river in Pabna. Following the hearing of the writ petition, the High Court directed the River Commission to take action as per the law. After the order, the chairman of the river commission said. Mojibur Rahman inspected the site in the presence of the administration and everyone and submitted the report.
In the report, Ichhamati gave the opinion of the place occupied by 43 persons as the place of river. Then the status quo given by the High Court also expired. At this stage, 43 people again filed a writ petition in the High Court challenging the report of the River Commission. The writ petition seeks directions to amend the judgment of the High Court on demarcation of the river as per CS records in 2009.
Following the hearing of the writ petition, the High Court ordered an interim injunction. Following this, the CS dismissed the status quo order with a final hearing and decided to demarcate the river according to the survey. He also said that there was no opportunity to amend the verdict in the case of four rivers in Dhaka.