State seeks stay on police deployment in mango orchards
DOT Desk: State yesterday challenged the High Court order to deploy police in the mango orchards at different parts of the country, including Rajshahi, to prevent chemical use and adulteration of the summer fruit, reports Banglanews24.
Chamber Judge of the appellate division justice Md Nuruzzaman set today for hearing the appeal filed by the state, seeking an stay order.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam moved for the state while Monjil Morshed stood for the petition. Earlier on April 9, the High Court ordered police deployment at large mango orchards in Rajshahi and elsewhere of the country within seven days, to prevent chemical use in cultivating the popular summer fruit. Besides, an observation team will monitor fruit markets and depots so that none can use chemical for ripening mango.
The HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader issued the order after hearing an appeal of lawyer Monjil Morshed.
Rajshahi Divisional Commissioner and Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police-Rajshahi Range were directed to implement the order, said Monjil Morshed.
Inspector General of Police (IGP), BSTI (Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution) Managing Director, Director General (DG) of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and BSTI Director (Chemical Testing Wing) were asked to submit a report upon implementing the order, within 30 days.
Secretaries to industries, home and food ministries, IGP, BSTI MD, RAB DG, BSTI Director (Chemical Testing Wing), Rajshahi Divisional Commissioner, DIG-Rajshahi and NBR Chairman were made respondents, in the order.
On February 29, 2012, the HC pronounced a verdict of seven-point directives for safe mango cultivation.
Lawyer Monjil Morshed said he filed the plea after observing much inclination to chemical use in mango cultivation and ripening last year.