Former justice AHM Shamsuddin Chaudhury Manik has claimed that the observation made by the chief justice on the 16th Amendment verdict is his personal. Shamsuddin said the language in which the observation was written was not reflective of the chief justice’s own words.
Shamsuddin made the statements at a discussion organised by the Bangla Tribune, titled “Constitution, Parliament and Independence,” on Thursday.
He said: “According to Article 7 of our Constitution, the republic belongs to the common people which makes parliament very vital as it represents the people. Parliament appoints the president who, in turn, appoints others.”
Shamsuddin also said: “The chief justice has raised a number of unpopular arguments in the observation of the 16th Amendment verdict. This reads more like his personal observation and not the Supreme Court’s. Chief Justice Sinha has written many things there which go beyond the verdict, and are not acceptable. We have many imperious politicians in our parliament. However, he called them immature.”
When asked about the language of the chief justice’s observation, the former judge said: “I have worked with him for three years. This is not his language. The language in which he wrote the observation is not his own.
“The chief justice used the term ‘founding fathers’ in the observation. He gave the example of America and talked about Bangabandhu without mentioning his name. A person, who does not recognise Bangabandhu, has no right to live in this country.
“The verdict and observation made by the High Court will be kept in record, I wonder what impact this will have on the future generation.”
This article was first published on banglatribune.com