Corruption can’t be allowed: HC

UNB . Dhaka | Update:

High courtQuestioning why there will be corruption and bribery even after doubling the salaries of government officials and employees, the High Court on Monday said there must be an end to the menace.

"Corruption can in no way be allowed," the HC bench of justice Nazrul Islam Talukder and justice KM Hafizul Alam said while hearing a writ petition.

It also wanted to know what steps have been taken against registered but unfit vehicles and drivers who failed to renew their registration and licences.

The court asked the authorities concerned to submit a report with information on the registered but unfit vehicles and their drivers and owners in details within one month.

The Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) chairman and director of its Road Safety Division will have to submit a progress report after implementing the court order.

"What do police do when an unfit vehicle is seen plying roads? We've to bring everything under a system," the court said, fixing 23 July for the next hearing.

Earlier in the day, BRTA's Road Safety Division director Mahbub-E-Rabbani appeared before the court in compliance with its order issued on 23 March.

Lawyers Moin Firozi and Rafiul Islam stood for the BRTA while deputy attorney general AKM Aminuddin Manik represented the state.

On 23 March, lawyer Syed Mamun Mahbub drew court's attention to a report on unfit vehicles published in an English newspaper.

Later, the court summoned the BRTA director asking him to appear before it on 24 June.

The BRTA chairman, IGP, deputy commissioners of Dhaka North and South Traffic Police and director of BRTA Road Safety Division were asked to provide information to the court.

The court had also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the ineffectiveness of the defendants to stop plying of vehicles found unfit, unregistered and without licences should not be declared illegal.

It had also wanted to know why the Motor Vehicles Act 1983 should not be followed perfectly.

Lawyer Moin Firozi said there are 458,369 vehicles in the country which have got their licences but have no fitness clearance and of these, 168,308 are in Dhaka but the number of vehicles running without licence is unknown as it is the authority of regional transport committee.

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