The Supreme Court on Sunday upheld a High Court order that directed the director general (DG) of the Department of Environment to immediately close all 154 Hazaribagh tanneries in the capital and disconnect their utility services.
The three-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order.
The chairman of Bangladesh Finished Leather, Leather Goods and Footwear Exporters Association submitted the petition to the apex court on Thursday seeking a stay of the HC order.
On March 6, the HC directed the government to immediately shut down the tanneries.
Following a writ petition filed by Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA), the High Court in June 2009 directed the tannery owners to move the tanneries from Hazaribagh to Savar.
The deadline was extended to April 2011 in October 2010.
On December last year, the industries secretary issued a notice saying that no raw leather will enter Hazaribagh and no tannery will operate there after March 31.
Source: Daily Sun, Dhaka, Bangladesh