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Accord's extension runs into trouble

The Accord's bid to prolong its stay in Bangladesh became uncertain after the High Court yesterday extended its restraining order on the government from extending the inspection agency's tenure by three more months. Earlier on May 10, the EU-based factory inspection and remediation agency got the extension from the government to stay on in Bangladesh for six more months after its original five-year tenure ends on May 31.The High Court last month had restrained the government from extending the inspection agency's tenure following a writ petition filed by Chittagong-based Smart Jeans, which felt wronged by the platform of 220 EU-based retailers.Now, Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Md Salim of the Supreme Court in a verdict have extended the restraining order by three more months, said a statement issued by Md. Yousuf Ali, an advocate of the Supreme Court. This means the secretary to the ministry of labour and employment, inspector general of the Department of Inspections for Factories and Establishment and the secretary to the ministry of commerce cannot extend the Accord's tenure. 

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