We refer to a suo moto contempt rule issued against ATM Shamsul Huda, former chief election commissioner, on the basis of a report published in The Daily Star on 18th May, 2014. This paper has also been asked to authenticate the said report. Our report contained the following sentence, quote – All constitutional bodies, including the Election Commission, Public Service Commission, as well as the
judiciary have been politicized and incompetent people are getting appointment there- unquote.
On further examination of our report and the notes taken by our reporter we admit that an error has been committed on our part. The original comments were made mostly in Bangla, the relevant portion of which is reproduced below:
In our effort to translate and compress a much larger statement we attributed meaning to Mr. Huda statements which were erroneous. Specifically, two separate sentences were joined into one by mistake and a wrong meaning was conveyed to our esteemed readers. The sentences are (1) “All constitutional bodies including the Election Commission, Public Service Commission as well as the judiciary have been politicized.” (2) “Incompetent people are getting important posts”. These two separate sentences were joined by mistake and the impression was conveyed that incompetent people were being appointed in the judiciary, which is not what Mr. Huda meant to say.
We sincerely regret this error and apologise for any damage caused to the image of the judiciary. We are fully aware of the important and impartial role that judiciary, by definition, has to play and that any doubt created about their competence serves to weaken the process of justice as a whole. This paper is fully conscious of the need to uphold the pristine image of the judiciary and has been fully committed to this task through its numerous editorials and reports. That makes our error even more regrettable, a feeling that we most sincerely and unconditionally convey to our esteemed judiciary.