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Fatwa must not violate laws

The Supreme Court yesterday released the full judgment in a case regarding fatwa, (Islamic religious edict) in which it said properly educated people could issue fatwa without violating the laws of the land. “Fatwa on religious matters only may be given by the properly educated persons which may be accepted only voluntarily but any coercion or undue influence in any form is forbidden,” it said in the 138-page judgment. “But no person can pronounce fatwa which violates or affects the rights...

Writ seeks Hasina-Khaleda dialogue

Writ seeks Hasina-Khaleda dialogue

A Supreme Court lawyer today filed a writ petition with the High Court seeking its directives for a dialogue between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP chief Khaleda Zia to resolve the ongoing political crisis. Eunus Ali Akond also prayed to the court to pass an order upon the home secretary for taking necessary...

Justice SK Sinha takes over as CJ

Justice SK Sinha takes over as CJ

On the first day of his taking office as the chief justice, Surendra Kumar Sinha, known as SK Sinha, yesterday reconstituted two benches of the Supreme Court's Appellate Division. President Abdul Hamid administered him the oath of office as the 21st chief justice at the Darbar hall of the Bangabhaban in the morning. Cabinet Secretary M Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan conducted the swearing-in. The chief justice will head the first bench comprising Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana, Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain and Justice Hasan Foez Siddique as its members. Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah will head the second bench with Justice Md Imman Ali and Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury Manik as its members. SC Registrar...

CJ for more transparent appointment of judges

CJ for more transparent appointment of judges

New Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha today voiced for a more transparent procedure in the appointment of judges in higher courts in light with the constitution. “We will have to see whether our constitutional provision to appointment judges in the HC can be done in a more transparent manner,” he said. And as a reference, he pulled up the example of neighbouring India where there are laws for judges’ appointment. Referring to the existing procedures judges’ appointment process in lower court, he said, “The process is transparent and independent. We have already established a method in this regard.” “SC judges and university teachers examine test papers of the judges. There is no...

Bench reformed to hear BDR carnage appeals

Bench reformed to hear BDR carnage appeals

The newly appointed Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha today reconstituted the special High Court bench for hearing and disposal of the appeal in BDR carnage case. The new junior member of the bench was Justice Nazrul Islam, who replaced Justice Mustafa Zaman. Two other judges – Justice Md Shawkat Hossain and Justice Md Abu...

New chief justice reconstitutes 2 SC benches

New chief justice reconstitutes 2 SC benches

Newly appointed Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, known as SK Sinha, today reconstituted two benches of the Appellate Division on the first day of his office. He was sworn in as the 21th chief justice of the country at 11:00 in the morning. President Abdul Hamid administered the oath at Darbar hall of Bangabhaban, residence-cum-office of the president, in Dhaka. The chief justice will head the first bench comprising Justice Najmun Ara Sultana, Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, and Justice Hasan Foez Siddique as its members. On the other hand, Justice Md Wahhab Mia will lead the second bench with Justice Md Iman Ali and Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik as its members. SC Registrar...

Arrest warrant for SC lawyer Tuhin Malik

Arrest warrant for SC lawyer Tuhin Malik

A Dhaka court today issued arrest warrant against Supreme Court lawyer Tuhin Malik in a defamation case filed for his derogatory remarks on Bangabandhu as he failed to appear before it. Metropolitan Magistrate Shamsul Arefin passed the order saying that Malik violated the court’s December 9 order asking him to appear before it today. Golam Rabbani, international affairs deputy secretary of Bangladesh Chhatra League Central Committee, filed two cases with Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court of Dhaka on December 9 bringing defamation and sedition charges against him. Accepting both the cases, the judge summoned the lawyer asking him to appear before it today in the defamation suit. The court asked Shahabagh police to submit...

New CJ to lead Mojaheed’s appeal hearing

New CJ to lead Mojaheed’s appeal hearing

The Supreme Court is set tomorrow to start hearing the appeal filed by Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed challenging the death penalty handed down to him for his war crimes. The appeal has been enlisted for hearing as case No-4 in tomorrow’s cause list of a four-member bench of the Appellate Division of the SC headed by newly appointed Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha. The three other judges of the bench are Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah, Justice Hasan Foez Siddique and Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury Manik. On December 3 last year, a five-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by incumbent Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain fixed January 14 for...

CJ forms body for SC security

CJ forms body for SC security

The chief justice today formed a seven-member high-powered committee headed by an Appellate Division judge to find out the way to ensure security of its judges, lawyers, litigants and people concerned at the Supreme Court. SC Registrar SM Kuddus Zaman said Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain has formed the committee following Sunday’s recovery of...

Three bombs found at courtrooms

Three bombs found at courtrooms

Raising serious concern over security at the apex court, three bombs were recovered from a Supreme Court building yesterday. The explosives were found in two courtrooms on the first floor of the SC's annex building where proceedings of the High Court take place. Police were yet to arrest anyone in connection with the incident that...

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