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Case Number: Writ Petition No. 2948 of 2016

Date of filing: 2016/03/08


  1. Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA)


  1. Secretary, Ministry of Land
  2. Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forest
  3. Secretary, Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources
  4. Director General, Department of Environment
  5. Director, Bureau of Mineral Development
  6. Deputy Commissioner, Moulvibazar
  7. Superintend of police, Moulvibazar
  8. Director, Department of Environment
  9. Upazilla Nirbahi Officer, Moulvibazar Sadar
  10. Upazilla Nirbahi Officer, Srimangal, Moulvibazar
  11. Upazilla Nirbahi Officer, Komolgonj, Moulvibazar
  12. Upazilla Nirbahi Officer, Rajnagar, Moulvibazar
  13. Upazilla Nirbahi Officer, Kulaura, Moulvibazar
  14. Upazilla Nirbahi Officer, Borlekhjal, Moulvibazar
  15. Md. Abdul Khalik
  16. AFM Himel
  17. Md. Mokhon Mia
  18. Md. Kamal Hossain
  19. Md. Hasan
  20. Md. Foyjul
  21. Bipul Pal
  22. Md. Muhibar Rahman
  23. Md. Tajud Ali
  24. Md. Juwel Miah
  25. Syed Abu Iqbal
  26. Md. Azizur Rahman
  27. Bitesh Chowdhury Opu
  28. Jobayer Ahmed Shoyeb


The Moulvibazar district attracts tourist for its natural sceneries, crystal clear rivers, lush greens, reserve forests, haors, tea estates, hills and hillocks, waterfalls, chhoras or hill streams and other natural resources. Due to the indiscriminate extraction of silica sands from Hilly Streams Quarries this district is losing its unique beauty and natural appeal.


Date: 21/03/2016


The High Court issued a Rule Nisi upon the respondents to show cause as to why the indiscriminate extraction of silica sand from the Hilly Streams Quarries of Moulvibazar should not be declared to be without lawful authority.


Mr. Justice Zubayer Rahman Chowdhury
Mr. Justice Md. Khasruzzaman

Area of law



‘Sand extraction’ case

Relevant statute

Constitution, Articles 18(A), 31, 32 and 42;

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

Environmental Conservation Act, 1997;

Mines and Minerals Resources (Control and Development) Act, 1992 and the Rules of 2012

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