The Supreme Court on Sunday granted yet another extension to the government for the issuing of a gazette listing the code of conduct for lower court judges.
The latest extension, the tenth so far, means that the last issue was issued on October 8.
A six-member bench led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha handed down the order after Attorney General Mahbubey Alam filed a petition Sunday morning.
The apex court had previously expressed dissatisfaction at the government's failure to issue the gazette notification.
The Supreme Court gave the government one week to publish the gazette on November 24, 2016.
-February 5, the Supreme Court grants extension for a week till February 12.
-February 27, two weeks of extension granted after second failure.
-March 14, two weeks of extension granted.
-April 4, deadline extended till May 8.
-May 8, one week of extension granted.
-May 15, two weeks of extension granted.
-May 29, two weeks of extension granted.
-July 2, two weeks of extension granted.
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On July 30, the Supreme Court refused to accept the draft code of conduct.
-August 20, Supreme Court grants extension for seven weeks till October 8.
-August 6, the apex court grants extension for two more weeks till August 20.
The lower judiciary was officially separated in November 2007 but the disciplinary rules for lower court judges remain unformulated.
On December 2, 1999, the Supreme Court in the Masdar Hossain case issued a seven-point directive, including formulating separate disciplinary rules, for the lower court judges.
The Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs on May 7, 2015 sent a draft of the rules to the Supreme Court which is similar to the Government Servants (Discipline and Appeal) Rules 1985.