Supreme Court Bar Association President Khandker Mahbub Hossain yesterday urged the government not to re-empower the parliament to impeach Supreme Court judges in the interest of protecting the independence of the judiciary and rule of law.
The government has moved to amend the constitution empowering the parliament to impeach SC judges to keep them panicked, and to politicise the judiciary, he said.
The SCBA president said this to The Daily Star after a meeting with some lawyers at his office to decide the next course of action against the government's move to amend the constitution. A decision will be taken at a general meeting of the SCBA on September 4, he said.
The SCBA president said it is not necessary to amend the constitution.
The government is expected to bring an amendment bill in Jatiya Sangsad next month to give the parliament the authority to remove apex court judges for their "misconduct" or "incapacity". This provision was enshrined in the 1972 constitution.
Earlier, after the meeting yesterday, Khandker Mahbub, also an adviser to the BNP chairperson, told reporters that the SCBA will wage a non-political movement to protect the independence of judiciary and rule of law.