The High Court on Sunday issued a rule questioning why authorities concerned will not give compensation of Tk 10 crore to the family of university student Shehrin Mahbub Sadia who died after falling into a drain in Chattogram city.
The court also directed the Chattogram District Commissioner to submit a report on the actual condition of the location where the student fell within two months.
The HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Mohammad Mostafizur Rahman passed the order.
The court also questioned why failure to take proper arrangements to ensure the safety of pedestrians during development work will not be declared illegal in the rule.
Secretaries of LGRD and home ministry, Chattogram Divisional Commissioner, Chattogram City Corporation, Chattogram Development Authority (CDA) Chairman and others involved were made respondents in the rule.
Barrister Anik R Haque, assisted by advocate Md Shahinuzzaman, represented the petitioner’s side during the hearing.
Earlier on November 25, a writ petition was filed with the High Court seeking its directive on the authorities concerned to give a compensation of Tk 10 crore to Sadia’s family.
Barrister Anik filed the writ petition on behalf of rights organisation Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), Children's Charity Bangladesh (CCB) Foundation and Sadia's maternal uncle Zahid Uddin Belal.
Previously on October 19, a legal notice was sent to the defendants to compensate the family.
On September 27, Sadia, 20, died after falling into an open drain in Agrabad Badamtoli area of the port city. Sadia's body was found five hours after she went missing in the drain.