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Attorney general: Majority of court staff involved in corruption

  • Published at 11:08 pm February 4th, 2018
Attorney general: Majority of court staff involved in corruption
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam has alleged that a large portion of court officials and employees is involved in corruption. "If this situation continues, it will be difficult for those who are still honest to maintain their honesty," he said while greeting newly appointed Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain at the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Sunday. Mentioning that the judiciary's image was tarnished over the last few years, Alam expressed hope that the new chief justice would bring a radical change during his tenure. "I did not hear any negative remark even against any bench officer when I entered the court in 1975. But what is discussed now about different High Court benches cannot be expressed in words," he lamented. He further said: "In some cases, it happens that cases filed four years ago are still on the cause list, but the final hearing of those filed only two months ago is running. Some dishonest court employees are making lakhs of taka manipulating the cause list." The chief state law officer said verdicts in many cases were not being delivered for months after months. "It's also seen that the full verdict is not delivered even in months after the short judgment.” Alleging that the judges do not maintain the time stipulated in the cause list, Alam said the judiciary would collapse if the situation continued. "The most dangerous matter is that some particular courts have turned into courts of particular lawyers. The justice-seekers know by which lawyers at which courts they can win their cases. This is completely contrary to the justice," he said. Alam, however, said many judges kept their judicial activities at their hands and the court officials were bound to perform the duties as per their orders. "But some judges' mismanagement in running court activities is tarnishing the whole judiciary's image." The attorney general hoped the new chief justice would take steps to further use information technology in the judicial activities. Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain was appointed as the new chief justice on Friday by the president. Hours after his appointment, Justice Abdul Wahhab Miah, who had been carrying out the activities of chief justice since October 3, resigned from the Appellate Division.