State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar Monday assigned two magistrates of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) court for quick disposal of the cases filed by the mobile courts during the drives against food adulteration, reports UNB.
Babar gave directives to the mobile courts to award maximum punishment and fine against the manufacturers and traders convicted of food adulteration.
"If the owners are not found during the drives, arrest the employees and attach their goods," Babar gave the directive while speaking at a meeting on "Mobile Courts against Food Adulteration" at his ministry in the city Monday.
The meeting was also attended, among others, by DMP Commissioner ASM Mizanur Rahman, CMM Md Jalal Ahmed, magistrates of 12 mobile courts and other officials concerned.
Some 925 cases were filed and a total of Tk 8.27 million (8,271,128) was realised as fine in last 11 days during the drives against food adulteration, conducted by 12 mobile courts in the capital.
The state minister warned that anyone involved in selling drinking water with only pasting labels should be punished. The meeting decided that the magistrates of existing 12 mobile courts would be changed after every one month. Magistrates of different mobile courts informed the meeting that they were facing various problems, including shortage of transports and manpower, especially police personnel and BSTI inspectors.
The state minister assured them of solving the problems.
The BSTI was also directed to increase the number of items to be tested as per the number of imported consumer items as the meeting was told that only 145 items were enlisted in the BSTI.