The Supreme Court in a verdict today declared illegal the Ashiyan City housing project in Dhaka’s Uttara area of Ashiyan Lands Development Limited – a concern of Ashiyan Group.
A High court bench first declared the project illegal on January 16, 2014, but another bench scrapped it upon a review petition by the company authorities.
A five-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice SK Sinha, passed the order today, asking not to sell or advertise the plots at the project in Uttara.
On August 16, a special HC bench comprising Justice Syed AB Mahmudul Huq, Justice Naima Haider and Justice Qazi Reza-Ul-Hoque scrapped the previous HC verdict following a petition filed by the project authorities.
On August 17, the petitioners filed a review appeal.
The High Court bench of justice AB Mahmudul Haq, Justice Qazi Reza-Ul-Hoque and justice ABM Altaf Hossain delivered the verdict following a writ petition filed by eight organisations challenging the legality of the project.
On September 3, 2015, the managing director of the housing project filed a petition with the High Court seeking a review of the HC verdict that declared it illegal.
Later, Chief Justice SK Sinha formed the special bench with three judges for the review of the plea.
Eight human rights and environmental organisations, including Ain o Salish Kendra, Association for Land Reforms and Development, Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association and Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust, filed the writ petition with the High Court on December 22, 2012 challenging the legality of Rajuk’s approval and clearance certificate given by the Environment Directorate.