The High Court on Tuesday issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain as to why their failure to implement a 17-point recommendation placed by the Home Ministry probe committee after the 2010 Nimtoli fire should not be declared illegal, reports UNB.
A bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader issued the rule after hearing a writ petition filed over the Chawkbazar fire incident.The court also wanted to know as to why directives should not be issued to enforce the existing laws and rules over the sales, hoarding and marketing of chemicals to ensure people's safety.
The court also kept pending the hearing on three other writ petitions over the fire incident that killed 69 people on February 20 last. The Cabinet, Industries, Home and Law Secretaries were made respondents to the rule which is returnable in four weeks.
Being asked by the court during the hearing, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam informed it that families of the victims would be provided with Tk 1 lakh each as compensation.
Mentioning that the amount is too inadequate, the court said they would order that each victim be given Tk 5 lakh. At this stage, the attorney general urged the court not to deliver any instant order, saying he would discuss the matter with the top level of the government.
Later, the HC bench said, "It's a humanitarian issue. We aren't delivering any order right now but you must ensure that the amount of compensation is increased."