The Appellate Division today upheld a High Court order that imposed a 6-month ban on Nirapon, a local entity that emerged in place of the North American agency to oversee building inspection, remediation and monitoring of listed apparel factories in the country.
A five-member Appellate Division bench led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order on Monday.
Lawyer Ahsanul Karim stood for Nirapon while Sheikh Fazle Noor Tapas and Imtiaz Mainul Islam stood for Dragon Sweater Limited and Additional Attorney General Murad Reza represented the state.
Earlier, High Court also issued a rule asking Nirapon to explain why it should not be ordered to join the RMG Sustainability Council, a tripartite compliance and safety monitoring body of the apparel sector that will formally come into being on November 25.
In September this year, most global brands and retailers, including Accord members, trade union leaders and factory owners' associations BGMEA and BKMEA, formed the RMG Sustainability Council.
Nirapon was established as a common platform, by global RMG brands, for whom Bangladesh is an important sourcing destination to sustain and build on the safety achievements over the past six years.