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12:00 AM, March 19, 2009 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, March 19, 2009

Post of law secy not for judicial officials: PM

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday described the brewing discontent among the judges over the law secretary as very regrettable, saying that the controversy should not have been there in the corridors of courts of justice.
She made the remarks replying to a supplementary question from Jatiya Party lawmaker Mojibul Haque (Kishoreganj-3) during the PM's question time. She said the law minister and others are trying to resolve the dispute.
On setting up a separate secretariat for the judiciary, the prime minister said that in the interest of separation of the judiciary, an effective Judicial Service Secretariat under the Supreme Court could be established if the judiciary wants.
The prime minister noted that the post of law secretary is not reserved for the officials of the judicial service and the government has no plan to do so.
“It is the government that will decide who to work in the ministries as secretaries,” she categorically said.
The PM said there is no scope to consider the law minister as a part or extension of the Supreme Court or judiciary.
Replying to a supplementary question from Awami League lawmaker Zillul Hakim, Hasina said that various steps, including appointment of new judges, have been undertaken for quick disposal of the piled-up pending cases.

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