A compilation of PIL cases in Bangladesh

Case Number: Writ Petition No. 17182 of 2012
Home 9 PIL Cases 9 Case Number: Writ Petition No. 17182 of 2012
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Case Number: Writ Petition No. 17182 of 2012

Date of filing: 2012/12/19


1. Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK)
2. Association for Land Reforms and Development (ALRD)
3. Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA)
4. Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST)
5. Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA)
6. Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB)
7. Nijera Kori
8. Poribesh Bachao Andolon (POBA)


 1. Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Public Works
2. Secretary, Ministry of Land
3. Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests
4. Secretary, Ministry of Home
5. Secretary, Ministry of Information
6. Chairman, RAJUK
7. Director General, Department of Environment
8. Deputy Commissioner of Dhaka
9. Director Monitoring and Enforcement
10. Managing Director, Ashiyan City Development Limited


The environment of Dhaka City was endangered due to unplanned, unauthorised and illegal creation of townships and filling up lands by some developer companies. BLAST and other organisations filed a Writ Petition challenging the permission granted for the illegal housing project of Ashiyan City, which was beyond lawful authority and against the public interest. A Review Petition was filed, No. 19 of 2015.


Date: 16/01/2014


The High Court issued a Rule Nisi to show cause as why the land area of the project does not fall within any land marked as wetland and flood flow zone marked under the DAP/DMDP. The project is being done in compliance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations. The rule is not maintainable on the point of maintainability, and therefore the rule is discharged.


Mr. Justice Syed A.B. MahmudulHaq
Mr. Justice QuaziRezaulHaq
Mr. Justice A.B.M. Altaf Hossain

Area of law



Illegal Construction

Relevant statute

Constitution; The Town Improvement Act 1953; The Bangladesh Environment Conservation Act 1995; The Environment Conservation Rules 1997; The State Acquisition and Tenancy Act 1950; Bangladesh Land Holding Limitation Order 1972; মহানগরি, বিভাগিয় শহর ও জেলা পৌর এলাকাসহ দেশের সকল পৌর এলাকার খেলার মাঠ, উদ্দ্যান এবং প্রাকৃতিক জলাধার সংরক্ষণ আইন ২০০০; বেসরকারি আবাসিক প্রকল্পের ভুমি উন্নয়ন বিধিমালা ২০০৪

Related Proceedings

Date: 03/03/2015


Court did not agree on two points one is that Ashiyan City Development Limited, did not have the required final approval under the provision of বেসরকারিআবাসিকপ্রকল্পেরভুমিউন্নয়নবিধিমালা২০০৪, and the second one is holding above 100 bighas of land set out by Land Holding Limitation Order, 1972, RAJUK accorded final approval to Ashiyan City Development Limited’s project by letter dated 04.10.2012. Apart from these two none of issues in any manner are amenable to writ jurisdiction in PIL as those have no pro bono public effect affecting the public at large or the community as a whole. The rule is not maintainable on the point of maintainability, courts have found no merit, and therefore the rule is discharged.

Database Last Updated on: 2017-02-12 15:26:45