Health Desk--12 Sep’18: The High Court on Tuesday directed the government to immediately shut down 14 private hospitals and clinics in Dhaka's Mohammadpur area as they do not have any valid licence.
Director General of Directorate of Health Services and executive magistrate concerned of Rapid Action Battalion have been ordered to close operation of the medical centres on Babar Road, Khilji Road and Humayun Road.
The HC bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Ahmed Sohel passed the order and issued the rule following a writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh.
Advocate Ripan Barai filed the petition on its behalf as public interest litigation on September 10 following a report published in the daily Bonik Barta on April 20 under the headline, “Non-government hospitals in the capital: 26 hospitals within 500 meters; 14 of them illegal”.
The HC also issued a rule asking respondents to explain in four weeks why their failure and inaction to do so should not be declared illegal.