Today marks the fifth death anniversary of Justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman, a multifaceted luminary who served as the chief of the nonpartisan caretaker government of the country prior to the 1996 general election.
Born on December 3, 1928, Habibur Rahman was a language movement veteran, an academic who taught history and law at Dhaka University and Rajshahi University, among others, and wrote 95 books on various topics including politics, religion and works of Rabindranath Tagore.
He served as a judge of High Court from 1976 to 1985, and as a Supreme Court justice from 1985-1995. He became the acting chief justice between 1990 and 1991 when the then chief justice Shahbuddin Ahmed took charge as interim president following the fall of the Ershad regime. He was appointed chief justice in February 1995, and served at the capacity until his retirement.
The recipient of Bangla Academy Literary Award and Ekushey Padak, passed away on this day due to old-age complications on January 11, 2014 at the age of 85.