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Govt gets two more weeks to publish judges’ conduct rules gazette

  • Published at 11:25 am July 2nd, 2017
  • Last updated at 01:47 pm July 2nd, 2017
Govt gets two more weeks to publish judges’ conduct rules gazette
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has yet again extended the deadline to issue a gazette notification on disciplinary and conduct rules for lower court judges. A seven-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, passed the order on Sunday, in response to Attorney General Mahbubey Alam’s time petition. The court extended the deadline by another two weeks, reports UNB. Earlier on several occasions, the apex court expressed dissatisfaction at the government's failure to issue the gazette notification. On December 12 last year, the court had asked the authorities concerned to issue the gazette by January 15. The deadline was extended several times. Earlier, President Abdul Hamid had decided not to issue the gazette despite a court ordering the government to do so. Then the bench had said that the president might have been misinformed. A historic Appellate Division verdict on the Masdar Hossain case mandated drafting a 12-point guideline on the separation of the judiciary from the executive. The government had drafted the rules and sent it to the apex court for its opinion, which made some changes and sent it back for the gazette issuance. So far, the court has issued multiple orders asking the government to issue the gazette but in vain.