Bangladesh, March 15 -- The High Court (HC) on Thursday issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain why their failure to ensure safe food, including fish and meat, for the people should not be declared illegal.

After hearing a supplementary petition, the HC bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil also wanted to know why authorities concerned should not be directed to ensure safe food.

Food and health secretaries, Director General of Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI), Bangladesh Food Safety Authority and Inspector General of Police and seven others have been made respondents to the rule.

The HC also asked the Bangladesh Food Safety Authority to submit a report by May 05 on its steps t...