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Case Number: Writ Petition No. 10553 of 2014

Date of filing: 2014/11/16


Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA)


  1. Secretary, Ministry of Land
  2. Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forest
  3. Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources
  4. Chairman, National River Protection Commission
  5. Director General, Department of Environment
  6. Director General, Bangladesh Water Development Board
  7. Chairman, Bangladesh Water Development Board
  8. Deputy Commissioner, Barisal
  9. Director, Department of Environment
  10. UpazillaNirbahi Officer, Barisal Sadar
  11. Assistant Commissioner (Land), Barisal Sadar
  12. M/S Hasan Hossain Enterprise, Kashipur, Barisal


Some identified individuals have engaged in unabated and indiscriminate extraction of sands from Kirtankhola river in Charkaua. This hazardous extraction affected the river’s ecosystem and changed its flow and navigability.


Date: 18/11/2014


The High Court Division on 18.11.2014 issued a Rule Nisi to show cause as to why the declaration of several dag no under South Aichamouza, Charkaua, Barisal as Balumohalshould not be declared to be without lawful authority and why the respondents should not be directed to protect Kirtankhola river from illegal and indiscriminate sand extraction.


Mr. Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury
Mr. Justice Md. Ashraful Kamal

Area of law

Accountability and Institutional Reform


‘Kirtankholariver’ case

Relevant statute

Constitution, Articles 18A, 31, 32,  42 and 102;

State Acquisition and Tenancy Act, 1950;

Bangladesh Environment Conservation Act, 1995 (Act No. 1 of 1995);

Environment Conservation Rules, 1997;

Bangladesh Water Development Board Act, 2000;

Port Act, 1908;

জাতীয় নদী রক্ষা কমিশন আইন, ২০১৩;

বালুমহাল ও মাটি ব্যবস্থাপনা আইন, ২০১০;

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority Ordinance, 1958;

Land Management Manual, 1990

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