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The High Court (HC) on Sunday ordered authorities concerned not to allow people accused of grabbing river lands to contest in polls and to get bank loan.
A High Court division bench comprising Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Md. Ashraful Kamal passed the order, declaring a rule issued earlier in this regard absolute, reports BSS.
Rights group Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB) had filed the writ, while its counsel Manjil Morshed took part in the hearing.
The court in its historic order declared the Turag River as ‘legal and juristic person’ and ordered the government to amend the concerned law, with the provision of stern action. “The court also ordered to prepare and release list of people grabbing river lands and water bodies, raising illegal infrastructures on those, preparing digital database of all the rivers, canals and water bodies by using satellite and arranging regular awareness program at all the educational institutes and industries,” advocate Morshed said.