The High Court has directed police to sue traders using chemicals to ripen and preserve fruits under the Special Powers Act, 1974.
The criminal offence under the act carries maximum death penalty.
A division bench comprising Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury Manik and Justice Jahangir Hossain Selim on Wednesday ruled that the use of chemicals to ripen and preserve fruits is illegal.
The judges ordered Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) and law enforcers to continuously monitor fruit depots across the country so that contaminated fruits cannot be stored or sold.
They directed National Board of Revenue (NBR) and Customs authorities to monitor border points like Benapole and Chittagong ports to prevent the import of contaminated fruits.
NBR and Customs authorities will conduct tests of fruits at border points to examine whether chemicals are mixed with imported fruits, the bench said.
The HC judges came up with the directives after holding hearing on a petition by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh.
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