The High Court yesterday observed that judges cannot performs their functions independently and therefore, justice will not be established, if their security is not ensured in courts.
In light of the recent incident of an accused being stabbed to death by another in a Cumilla courtroom, it seems that police had negligence in ensuring security on the court premises, the HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader said, during hearing a writ petition.
It wanted to know what steps have been taken after the July 15 incident to ensure security of judges, lawyers, officials and litigants in courts.
The HC also inquired about measures taken against those in charge of security at Cumilla Additional District and Sessions Judge’s court, where the incident took place.
The bench asked Deputy Attorney General Abdullah-Al-Mahmud Bashar to inform about the steps on July 30. It came up with the order during hearing the petition submitted by Supreme Court lawyer Ishrat Hasan.
Advocate Ishrat filed the petition on July 16, in which she said her husband is a judge and she is concerned about his security.
DAG Bashar told the court that the ministries of law and home affairs have taken necessary measures to ensure security of judges and to investigate the recent incident.
On July 15, Faruk, a murder accused, was stabbed to death by another accused Hasan right before a judge and police members inside a packed courtroom in Cumilla.