HC rules over circular against hospital raids

DHAKA, Aug 25, 2020 (BSS) – The High Court (HC) today issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain as to why it shall not declare illegal the Health Ministry’s circular against law enforcement agencies’ raids at hospitals without the ministry’s permission.

A High Court virtual bench of Justice Tariq ul Hakim and Justice S M Kuddus Zaman passed the order after holding hearing on a writ challenging the ministry circular.

The court in its order asked officials, including home secretary, health secretary and law secretary, to comply with the order within four weeks.

Supreme Court lawyers Yadia Zaman and Hasan Tareq Palash filed the writ petition on August 17 on behalf of Advocate Rafiqul Islam. Yadia Zaman moved the plea for the petitioner, while deputy attorney general Amit Das Gupta argued for the state.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on August 4 issued the circular barring law enforcement agencies from raiding any public or private hospitals without its permission.