HC summons Railway DG over failure to compensate Jihad’s family
The High Court on Tuesday summoned the Bangladesh Railway Director General to appear before it on August 14 and explain the failure to execute its earlier order to provide Tk 20 lakh as compensation to the family of Jihad, who died after falling into an abandoned deep tube-well in Shahjahanpur area of the city on December 26, 2014.
An HC bench of Justice Md Ashfaqul Islam and Justice Mohammad Ali passed the order after a hearing a contempt of court rule.
Barrister Abdul Halim stood for the petitioner while Advocate Asadul Haq represented the Bangladesh Railway.
Earlier on March 1 last, the High Court issued a contempt of court rule on three government officials for not implementing a court order to provide Tk 20 lakh as compensation to the family of Jihad.
An HC bench of Justice Md Ashfaqul Islam and Justice KM Kamrul Kader asked Bangladesh Railway Director General Md Amjad Hosain, Fire Service and Civil Defence DG Brigadier General Ali Ahmed Khan and its Director Major AKM Shakil Newaj to respond to the rule within two weeks.
A legal notice was served to defendants on January 22 as they did not provide the compensation money to the family.
Later, the contempt petition was filed as the defendants did not reply to the legal notice.
On February 18, 2016, an HC bench comprising Justice Farah Mahbub and Justice Kazi M Ejarul Haque Akond asked the government to compensate Tk 20 lakh to the family members of four-year-old boy who met the tragic end of his life inside a 600-foot abandoned shaft of a water pump at Shahjahanpur Railway Colony.
Advocate Md Abdul Halim filed a writ petition with the High Court on December 28, 2014 seeking its directives for providing Tk 30 lakh as compensation to Jihad’s family members.
The body of Jihad was pulled out from the abandoned shaft 23 hours after he had slipped into it. Source: unb.