Justice Anwarul laid to rest
Amid love and grief, people from all walks of life bade farewell to Justice Anwarul Haque, chairman of International Crimes Tribunal-1, yesterday.
He was laid to rest at the city's Jurain Graveyard around 3:30pm, Deputy Attorney General Motaher Hossain Sazu, told The Daily Star.
His namaz-e-janaza was held on the Supreme Court premises after the Juma prayers yesterday.
Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, Law Minister Anisul Huq, judges of the Appellate and High Court divisions of the SC, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam, former chief justice Md Muzammel Hossain, Supreme Court Bar Association President Advocate Zainul Abedin, Prime Minister's Principal Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, Law Secretary ASSM Zahirul Haque Dulal, SC lawyers, officials, Additional Attorney General Momtajuddin Fakir, and Deputy Attorney General Motahar Hossain Saju and ICT prosecutors and investigators attended the namaz-e-janaza.
At the grave of Justice Anwarul, also a High Court judge, Law Commission Chairman and former chief justice ABM Khairul Haque, Justice Khondker Musa Khaled, director general of Judicial Administration Training Institute, Law Commission Member Justice ATM Fazle Kabir, HC judges -- Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice M Enayetur Rahim, ICT-1 member Justice M Shahinur Islam, among others, were present.
A milad mahfil will be held at the judge's complex residence after Asr prayers on July 17, DAG Motahar Hossain Sazu told The Daily Star.
Justice Anwarul died of cancer at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) in Dhaka on Thursday. He was 61.
Meanwhile, after the janaza, Chief Justice SK Sinha told reporters that several judges were interested to become chairman of the International Crimes Tribunal, but Justice Anwarul did not think so.
When Anwarul was made the ICT-1 chairman, he had said he might be trusted, the chief said, adding that there was a very good relationship between the judiciary and executive when Anwarul was the secretary to the law ministry.
His sudden demise is very unfortunate and regretting, Sinha said, adding that he was a very honest and religious-minded judge.
Law Minister Anisul Huq said the death caused an irreparable damage to the judiciary.
Justice Anwarul had discharged his duties with honesty and sincerity, he said. The nation will remember him forever.