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11 August, 2017 07:51:11 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 11 August, 2017 03:57:10 PM
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SC won’t fall into traps set by different quarters: CJ

The full verdict of the 16th amendment case, has become the talk of the town since its release on August 01, by the Supreme Court. Yesterday, another dimension was added to the issue with government, finally, breaking its silence over the verdict and observations.
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SC won’t fall into traps set by different quarters: CJ

Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha yesterday said that the Supreme Court (SC) would not fall into the traps set by different quarters. He urged everyone to refrain from doing politics with the SC verdict that declared illegal the 16th Amendment to the Constitution. “We'll not fall into the traps set by the government or the opposition. Constructive criticism is always welcome. But undue criticism will harm the judiciary,” he said.

 

 

 

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The Chief Justice made these observations after advocate Zainul Abedin prayed for a contempt of court ruling against Law Commission chairman ABM Khairul Haque for calling SC judges "immature" and criticising the verdict. Haque, who is also a former chief justice, on Wednesday at a press briefing had strongly criticised the SC verdict, terming it misconceived, irrelevant and immature. Some pro-BNP lawyers yesterday placed newspaper reports containing Haque’s criticism of the 16th Amendment before the Chief Justice, saying that his comments about the apex court verdict was highly contemptuous.

Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) president advocate Joynul Abedin told the court that Haque in his observation had said that the SC verdict was preconceived and the republic was not of the people but of judges. “We request the court to uphold the dignity of the judiciary,” he said.

At one stage, barrister Moudud Ahmed told the court that Haque’s comments were contemptuous. After that, the Chief Justice said: “You are senior lawyers. We’ve delivered the verdict unanimously. Constructive criticism can is always welcome. The judiciary will not issue any rejoinder in this regard.”

“Don’t play politics with the verdict. Everyone should show some mature conduct, which will be good for all. Don’t try to play politics with the SC verdict, as seven judges of the apex court had delivered the verdict unanimously,” he added.

After that, Joynul Abedin said that he had come to this court as the president of the SCBA. Advocate ASM Rezaul Karim, law secretary of the Awami League (AL), said Joynul Abedin did not issue any resolution on the decision about their move against Haque.

Then, the Chief Justice said: “We’re aware of the matter. We’re looking into it.” Later, BNP leader Khandakar Mahbub Hossain told the court: “The comments of Khairul Haque has scandalised the judiciary.” Taking part in the hearing, SCBA secretary AM Mahbub Uddin Khokon prayed to the court to issue a contempt of court rule against Haque for his observations.

In reply, the Chief Justice said: “Everybody should be restrained so that none can take any improper benefit following the conduct. All of you should be more cautious when making comments against the judiciary.” After that, Joynul Abedin told the court that they have done their bit to uphold the image and dignity of the judiciary. But it was not proper for Haque to make such contemptuous comments regarding the SC verdict, especially when he holds an important post, he noted. In reply, the Chief Justice said that they are also concerned about the matter.

 

 

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