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19 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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BSTI report on chemical use in fruits irks HC

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

The High Court (HC) yesterday expressed dissatisfaction on a report submitted by Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) after testing the use of formalin and harmful chemicals in fruits. The HC also asked the government to take stern action against people involved in using harmful chemicals in fruits.

The HC bench comprising Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader rejected the BSTI report saying that it did not conduct drives in a comprehensive manner against the use of chemicals in fruit markets and warehouses in the country.

The HC bench also asked BSTI to make a complete report and submit before it on June 23.  Besides, two

other reports were also submitted on behalf of Director General of RAB and Inspector General of Police. Talking to the reporters, Advocate Manzill Murshid, counsel for the petitioner, said that in a report the BSTI said that it has not found chemicals in the fruits. It has conducted drives in two shops in Dhaka’s Mirpur, eight shops in Rajshahi and 200 shops in Chattogram.

The HC bench rejected BSTI report as the HC bench had earlier ordered the BSTI to monitor the markets and warehouses all over the country, he added. On May 20, the HC court asked the RAB chief, IGP, BSTI chairman and its director to form a monitoring team to check the use of chemicals in fruit markets and wholesale markets of Dhaka and other parts of the country.

On April 9, the HC asked the government to deploy law enforcers led by magistrate to stop the use of chemicals in mango orchards in Rajshahi. It also asked the Rajshahi Divisional Commissioner and DIG of Rajshahi range to submit reports after implementing the order.

The HC had came up with the order after holding hearing on a supplementary petition filed by rights group Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB). Advocate Manzill Murshid stood for the petitioner while Deputy Attorney General ABM Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar represented the state.

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