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Case Number: Writ Petition No 3895 of 2014

Date of filing: 2014/04/24


Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA)


  1. Secretary, Ministry of Land
  2. Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forest
  3. Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources
  4. Director General, Department of Environment
  5. Director General, BWDB
  6. Deputy Commissioner, Rajshahi
  7. Director, Department of Environment, Rajshahi Division
  8. Executive Engineer, BWDB, Sopura, Rajshahi
  9. Mayor, CharghtPourashova, Rajshahi
  10. UpazillaNirbahiOfficer, Durgapur, Charghat
  11. Assistant Commissioner (Land) CharghatRajshai


Some identified individuals/ groups engaged in the extraction of sand from the flow of Padma river under Charghat Upazilla of Rajshahi without taking prior approval or leases from the appropriate authority, inflicting serious impact on the ecosystem of the river and its adjoining areas. 


Date: 27/04/2014


The High Court issued a Rule Nisi to show cause as to why the extraction of sands from the river Padma at Charghat Upazilla of Rajshahi District should not be declared to be without lawful authority and why it should not be issued upon the respondents to assess the damages caused by such sand extraction and realize the compensation from the identified miscreants.


Mr. Justice Mirza Hussain Haider
Mr. Justice Muhammad Khursid Alam Sarkar

Area of law

Accountability and Institutional Reform


‘Sand Extraction from Padma river’ case

Relevant statute

Constitution, Articles 13, 18A, 21, 31 and 32;

State Acquisition and Tenancy Act, 1950;

Bangladesh Environmental Conservation, 1995;

Environmental Conservation Rules, 1997;

Bangladesh Water Development Board Act, 2000

বালু মহাল ও মাটি ব্যবস্থাপনা আইন, ২০১০;

বালু মহাল ও মাটি ব্যবস্থাপনা বিধিমালা, ২০১১;

Land Management Manual, 1990

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