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Impeachment provision to politicise judiciary: Bar chief

Impeachment provision to politicise judiciary: Bar chief

Terming the charter amendment move to restore the parliament's authority to impeach Supreme Court judges an 'ill attempt', Supreme Court Bar Association chief today alleged that the government is doing it "to completely politicise the judiciary". The government has taken the initiative to with a view to keeping the judges in panic and bringing the judiciary under the administration "the way it was done in 1974", Khandaker Mahbub Hossain said at a press briefing. He met journalists at his office at the Supreme Court building after a meeting with current...

CABINET OKAYS 16TH CHARTER AMENDMENT BILL

Parliament 'to get' authority to impeach SC judges

Parliament 'to get' authority to impeach SC judges

The cabinet today approved the proposal for amendment of constitution to pave the way for restoring the parliament’s authority to impeach the Supreme Court judges for misconduct or incapacity. Once Constitution (16th amendment) Act-2014 is passed in the parliament, it will raise public confidence upon the judiciary, Cabinet Secretary M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan said...

Nothing to panic about, Justice Khairul tells SC judges

Nothing to panic about, Justice Khairul tells SC judges

There is no reason for the Supreme Court judges to be panicked if the parliament gets the authority to impeach the judges for their misconduct or incapacity, Bangladesh Law Commission Chairman Justice ABM Khairul Haque said today. "Parliament is supreme and sovereign and it represents people. So all the people including the judges should be accountable to the parliament," Justice Khairul said at a press briefing at the law commission office in Dhaka. His remark came shortly after the cabinet approved the sixteenth charter amendment proposal restoring the parliament’s authority to impeach the Supreme Court judges for misconduct or incapacity. In most of the countries including USA, UK and India, the parliaments...

Retiring judge forgot oath

The chief justice has decided to take action against a recently retired Dhaka court judge, Faruk Ahmed, for hastily acquitting dozens of accused before going into retirement. Many of these accused were acquitted in violation of rules, a Supreme Court source said.  Justice SK Sinha, who had been discharging the functions of Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain in the latter's absence, yesterday asked the law ministry to take action against Faruk. Law Minister Anisul Huq told The Daily Star last night that...

Writ seeks ban on operation of 3 Indian TV channels

Writ seeks ban on operation of 3 Indian TV channels

A writ petition was filed today with the High Court seeking directives on the government to stop operation of three Indian television channels -- Star Jalsa, Star Plus and Zee Bangla, in Bangladesh. Ekhlas Uddin Bhuiyan, a Supreme Court lawyer, filed the writ seeking a HC rule upon the government to explain why it...

Judge Impeachment

Petition with HC against govt move

A Supreme Court lawyer yesterday filed a writ petition with the High Court seeking its directive on the government not to restore parliament's authority to impeach Supreme Court judges by abolishing the existing Supreme Judicial Council. Advocate Eunus Ali Akond in his petition also prayed that the HC ask the government to maintain status quo on the government's reported decision about changing Article 96 of the constitution to restore the parliament's power to impeach judges. According to the article, the Supreme...

MONEY LAUNDERING CASE

SC stays Khandaker Mosharraf’s HC bail

SC stays Khandaker Mosharraf’s HC bail

The Supreme Court today stayed until September 2 a High Court order that had granted bail to BNP leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain in a money laundering case. A five-member bench of the Appellate Division of the SC headed by Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain passed the stay order after hearing two separate petitions filed...

SC clears way to save 4 rivers

The Supreme Court yesterday upheld its 2010 judgment that cleared the way for removing all structures, excluding the government ones set up to serve public interests, from the rivers around the capital. The rivers are Shitalakkhya, Balu, Turag and Buriganga. The Appellate Division of the SC dismissed five separate review petitions filed by five commercial companies challenging its 2010 verdict that affirmed a High Court verdict directing the government to remove the structures. Following yesterday's verdict, the jetties and other structures established...

RIVERS AROUND DHAKA

SC clears way for removing structures from 4 rivers

SC clears way for removing structures from 4 rivers

The Supreme Court today cleared the way for removing all structures, excluding those set up by the government to serve public interest, from four rivers encircling Dhaka. The rivers are Shitalakkhya, Balu, Turag and Buriganga. After rejecting five review petitions, the Appellate Division of the SC today upheld its earlier verdict that had asked the...

Long wait for verdict

The Supreme Court has yet to deliver a verdict on the appeals filed over sentencing of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee for his crimes against humanity in 1971, although it has finished hearing around three months ago. Sayedee on March 28 last year appealed to the court for his acquittal while the government sought his punishment in all the eight charges filed against him. Neither the attorney general nor the defence could say when the Appellate Division of the SC would...

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