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3 December, 2019 12:56:03 AM
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SC upholds 6-month HC ban on Nirapon

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
SC upholds 6-month HC ban on Nirapon

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) yesterday upheld a High Court (HC) order that imposed a six-month ban on activities of Nirapon, an alliance of 23 foreign RMG brands which was set up to oversee building inspection, remediation, and monitoring of listed apparel factories in the country.

A five-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order after dismissing an appeal filed by Nirapon against the High Court order.

Supreme Court also asked the High Court to dispose of its rule issued earlier over the matter.

Advocate Imtiaz Mainul Islam, who appeared in the court on behalf of the writ petitioner, Dragon Sweater and Spinning Limited, said that the High Court’s six months ban on activities of Nirapon will continue following the Appellate Division order.

Following a writ petition filed by Dragon Sweater and Spinning Limited the High Court bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Khandaker Diliruzzaman on October 22 this year imposed a six-month ban on activities of Nirapon.

Nirapon has been overseeing the building safety, inspection and remediation of garment factories in Bangladesh in recent months after the North American retailers’ group Alliance left in December last year.

The High Court also asked Nirapon to explain within two weeks as to why it should not be ordered to join the RMG Sustainability Council.

After the High Court order, Advocate Imtiaz Mainul Islam said that they filed the write petition against Nirapon so that it would come under a common platform, the RMG Sustainability Council, for garment factory remediation works.

Dragon Sweater and Spinning Limited filed a writ petition in 2017 challenging the activities of Alliance. Subsequently they filed a supplementary writ petition challenging the activities of Nirapon. After hearing, the High Court issued a rule and imposed a six months ban on activities of Nirapon.

Later Nirapon filed an appeal with the Appellate Division against the High Court order which came into yesterday’s (Monday) cause-list of the apex court.

Advocate Ahsanul Karim appeared in the court on behalf of Nirapon, Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh and Advocate Imtiaz Mainul Islam appeared for Dragon Sweater and Spinning Limited while Additional Attorney General Murad Reza stood for the State.

Advocate Ahsanul Karim said the Appellate Division rejected the petition of Nirapon considering the rule hearing in the High Court. Now the High Court will dispose of the matter, added the lawyer.

Nirapon has been formed on April 29, this year by 23 brands and retailers, including Walmart, based in North America.

The majority of the Nirapon members were the signatory of the Alliance that folded its operations in December last year.

The Alliance inspected fire, electrical and structural integrity of some 700 garment factories and remediated the flaws in last five years after the Rana Plaza building collapse.

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