16th amendment: Review against SC verdict ‘this week’ | The Daily Star
07:33 PM, November 03, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 07:38 PM, November 03, 2017

16th amendment: Review against SC verdict ‘this week’

The government may file a petition by this week seeking review of the Supreme Court’s verdict that upheld the scrapping of 16th amendment of the constitution.

The 16th amendment of the constitution had empowered the parliament to remove the SC judges for incapacity or misconduct, which was scrapped by the High Court.

“We will file the review in 30 days from the date of receiving the certified copy of the verdict,” Attorney General Mahbubey Alam told The Daily Star today. “We are studying the verdict now.”

The government has received the certified copy of the apex court verdict on October 10 and accordingly, the 30 days’ period [for filing the review petition] will expire on November 9.

In its full verdict released on August 1, the apex court said the provision of Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) for the removal of SC judges for misconduct or incapacity has been reinstated in the constitution.

On October 12 Law Minister Anisul Huq told reporters that the government will file the review petition in 30 days after the date of receipt of the certified copy of the verdict.

According to the SC rules, a review petition has to be filed within 30 days after receiving the certified copy.  

The SC’s dismissal of the 16th amendment to the constitution has been a much talked-about topic among politicians from the ruling party as the SC in its full verdict made some observations, which were critical of the country's present political culture.

The Jatiya Sangsad on September 13 passed a resolution calling for legal steps to nullify the SC verdict. 

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