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Attorney general: Review on 16th amendment verdict in December

  • Published at 12:12 am November 29th, 2017
Attorney general: Review on 16th amendment verdict in December
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam on Tuesday said the review petition against the Supreme Court verdict on the 16th amendment of the Constitution will be filed in December. "We [the attorney general’s office] received the certified copy of the Appellate Division verdict on Monday. We have 28 days to file the petition. I am hoping to file it in December," he said while speaking to a journalist at his office. Mentioning that there was no benefit to lodging the review petition immediately, he said: "Seven justices of the Appellate Division heard the main appeal. However, the number of justices is five in the Appellate Division. As per the rules of the review petition, either an equal number or more justices are needed to hear the review petition."
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There is no possibility of a hearing until new justices are appointed at the Appellate Division, he said. On November 4, Law Minister Anisul Huq said the review petition will be filed within this month. On August 1, the Supreme Court released the full text of its verdict upholding the High Court verdict that declared illegal the 16th amendment to the Constitution. The 16th amendment established parliament's authority to remove Supreme Court judges.
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The parliament approved the 16th amendment on September 17, 2014. On May 5 last year, a High Court division bench declared the 16th amendment illegal. The government on January 4 filed an appeal with the Appellate Division challenging the HC decision. On July 3, the Appellate Division, led by then Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, upheld the HC verdict.