The High Court on Thursday declared confiscated an 18-storey building constructed by housing company ‘Concord’ on the land of Sir Salimullah Muslim Orphanage in Azimpur area of the city in favour of the orphanage.
An HC bench comprising Justice Mirza Hossain Haider and Justice AKM Zahirul Haque passed the order with a four-point directive after the final hearing of a rule issued earlier in this connection, UNB reports.
Advocate Manzill Murshed argued for the petitioner while deputy attorney general Al Amin Sarker stood for the state during the hearing.
Emerging from the court after the verdict, Manzill Murshed told reporters that the HC issued the four-point directive to protect the orphanage.
The directives include handing over the structure and property to the orphanage authorities within 30 days.
It also asked the government to take step to hand over the property to the orphanage authorities if the company fails to do so within the deadline, and develop it, if necessary.
Sir Salimullah Muslim Orphanage was set up at Azimpur in 1909 and underwent expansion several times through taking the government land on lease.
In July 22, 2003, orphanage governing body president Shamsunnahar and secretary GA Khan Ahsan illegally handed over 2 bighas of land of the orphanage to the developer company, ‘Concord’.
Later, Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh filed a writ petition with the HC in this regard.