Nirapon loses appeal against High Court ban

The Appellate Division on Monday dismissed Nirapon’s appeal against the High Court’s order restraining it from RMG safety and inspection activities. 

A five-member bench of the Appellate Division of the SC, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, dismissed a petition filed by Nirapon challenging the HC order.

Following a writ petition filed by Dragon Sweater Bangladesh Limited, the HC on October 22 imposed a six-month ban on the inspection and training activities of Nirapon — that had been overseeing the building safety, inspection and remediation of garment factories in Bangladesh since April.

The HC also issued a rule asking Nirapon to explain why it should not be ordered to join the RMG Sustainability Council and to establish a common standard for safety monitoring of RMG sector, Barrister Imtiaz Moinul Islam, a lawyer for Dragon Sweater Bangladesh Limited, told to press.

He said the HC order of ban will remain in force following the apex court order.

Barrister Imtiaz said Nirapon, which is the continuation of Alliance for Bangladesh Workers Safety, has no permission from Bangladesh Investment Development Authority to operate in Bangladesh.

Nirapon, a local entity, was formed with the backing of 23 North American apparel brands and retailers, and the body replaced  the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety.

Nirapon has been overseeing the building safety, inspection and remediation of garment factories in Bangladesh in recent months after the North American retailers’ group Alliance left in December last year.

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