Are justices above all sorts of accountability? Such a question was raised by Awami League Organising Secretary Barrister Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury.
He said: “Two prime ministers of this country have been in the dock, but I have never seen any justice do so. So, are justices above accountability?”
Mohibul was speaking at a discussion titled “Constitution, Parliament and Independence” organised by the Bangla Tribune on Thursday.
Mohibul said: “We can criticise verdicts in a proper manner. There are discussions on observation of the verdict. But we are not criticising one aspect: accountability.
“I cannot show one example from the 46 years I have lived. According to the Constitution, we are obligated to accept the verdict. Observation is also a part of a verdict. But the responsibility of trial of the department of justice has been given to a failed organisation.
“The Supreme Judicial Council has not created an example yet. Although two prime ministers have stood in the dock, we have not seen an example of a justice.”
Mohibul said: “The Supreme Court is a court of record. But there have been attempts at politicising it.”
Former Supreme Court judge AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury, Dhaka University Professor Mesbah Kamal, Professor Gobinda Chakraborty, journalist Swadesh Roy and Bangla Tribune Planning Editor Nazmul Kabir were present at the discussion.
This article was first published on banglatribune.com