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Case Number: Writ Petition No. 3566 of 2005

Date of filing: 2005/05/23


1.    Kamal Hossain 
2.    Monjurul Islam
3.    Mozaffar
4.    Md. Motalib
5.    Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK)
6.    Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA)
7.    Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST)
8.    Bangladesh Society for Enforcement of Human Right (BSEHR)
9.    Bangladesh National Women Lawyers’ Association (BNWLA)
10.    Centre for Sustainable  Development
11.    KarmojibiNari
12.    Nijera Kori
13.    ODHIKAR


  1. Secretary, Ministry of Home and Affairs
  2. Secretary, Ministry of Industries
  3. Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment
  4. Secretary, Ministry of Food and Disaster
  5. Secretary, Ministry of Land
  6. Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forest
  7. Deputy Commissioner, Dhaka
  8. Chief Inspector of Factories
  9. DG, Department of Environment
  10. RAJUK
  11. Chief Executive Officer, SavarCantionment Board
  12. DG, Department of Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence
  13. IGP
  14. Superintendent, Dhaka District
  15. OC, SavarPolice Station
  16. President, BMTC
  17. Spectrum Sweater Industries Ltd
  18. Chairman, Spectrum Sweater Industries Ltd
  19. MD, Spectrum Sweater Industries Ltd
  20. Director, Spectrum Sweater Industries Ltd


The factory building of Spectrum Sweater Industries Ltd., a nine storied building at Palashbari, Savar, collapsed leaving 69 workers dead and 89 injured.


Date: 24/05/2005


The High Court division issued a Rule Nisi upon the respondents to show cause as to why they should not be directed to take necessary measures and legal actions to carry out and conduct an effective public inquiry by establishing a commission to identify the reasons for the collapse and persons and agencies responsible and to make recommendations to prevent any such disaster in future and to secure payment of adequate compensation and arrange for rehabilitation in favour of the victims of the said collapse. The Court also directed certain respondents to submit reports before the Court on the issues of legality of the construction of the building, ownership of the land and safety conditions of the buildings.


Mr. Justice Abdul Matin

Mr. Justice A.F.M Abdur Rahman

Area of law

Worker’s Rights,


Workplace Safety; Factory Collapse

Relevant statute

Constitution, Articles 11, 14, 15, 21, 27, 31 and 32;

The Penal Code, 1860;

The Fatal Accidents Act, 1855;

The Workmen’s Compensation Act, 1923;

The Employers Liability Act, 1938; The Factories Act, 1965;

The Factories Rules, 1979;

The Employment of Labour (Standing Orders) Act, 1965; The Industrial Relations Ordinance, 1965;

The Bangladesh Environment Conversation Act, 1995 and Rules 1997;

Town Improvement Act, 1953;

The Building Construction Act, 1952 and Rules 1996;

The Savar Cantonment Act, 1924;

The Savar Cantonment Building Bye-laws, 1982

Date: 14/12/2006


Affidavit-In-Opposition was submitted by the Respondent No. 11 (Chief Executive Officer, SavarCantionment Board)

Date: 17/12/2006


Affidavit-In-Opposition was submitted by the Respondent No. 3 (Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment), 8 (Chief Inspector of Factories) and 9 (DG, Department of Environment).

Date: 22/05/2013


An application for direction was submitted by Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST).

Date: 16/06/2013


Affidavit-In-Opposition was submitted by the Respondent No. 10 (RAJUK).

Date: 12/08/2018


The case came up to the cause list as a item no. 467 for hearing in the Annex Building Court No. 10.


Mr. Justice Tariq ul Hakim 
Mr. Justice Md. Shohrowardi.

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