The Supreme Court on Monday expunged some observations made by a High Court bench regarding the judges of the then First Court of Settlement of Dhaka and corruption in a verdict on a land-property related case.
A seven-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the expunction order following two separate petitions challenging the HC judgement. The SC bench delivered the order under Article 104 of the constitution, said Supreme Court Spokesman Mohammad Saifur Rahman in a press release.
Article 104 states, "The Appellate Division shall have power to issue such directions, orders, decrees or writs as may be necessary for doing complete justice in any cause or matter pending before it, including orders for the purpose of securing the attendance of any person or the discovery or production of any document."
Saifur Rahman told The Daily Star that it can be known after the full text of apex court order is released which observations and directives of the HC have been expunged. The HC bench of Justice Md Ashfaqul Kamal and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil has made observations and directives about the then First Court of Settlement of Dhaka and corruption in the full 144-page text of the verdict released on October 1.
The bench had delivered the judgement on December 11 last year, following two separate writ petitions filed by the ministry of housing and public works last year, challenging a verdict given by the First Court of Settlement of Dhaka on November 27, 1995.