The High Court on Monday directed the police to file criminal cases under Special Powers Act against the traders who are selling adulterated foods and increasing the prices of food items arbitrarily.

The court also directed the secretaries to the commerce, industries and health ministries to continue the mobile court crackdown on the sell of contaminated food across the country for the next two months.

The mobile courts are assigned to resist food adulteration and arbitrary increase of the food prices.

The higher court also directed the inspector general of police, director general of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner to provide sufficient forces to the mobile courts as per their requirements so that the drive can run smoothly.

The HC also issued a rule upon the government to explain within three weeks why it should not be directed to take effective measures to prevent food adulteration and arbitrary increase of the prices of foods.

The court came up with the rule and order following a writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB) on Monday.

Source: 16.08.2010