'I don't know anything. Judiciary of Bangladesh is independent and it's a matter of President and the Chief Justice'
The Supreme Court (SC) has asked three High Court judges to refrain from their judicial duties following a primary investigation against them on allegations of misconduct.
Special Officer of the High Court Division of the Supreme Court Saifur Rahman confirmed the SC decision at a press briefing yesterday afternoon, but refrained from disclosing the names of the respective judges and clarifying the allegations being investigated.
It was learnt that Justices Salma Masud Chowdhury, Quazi Reza-ul-Hoque and AKM Zahirul Hoque were not mentioned in the cause list of Supreme Court on Thursday and remained absent from their respective benches for the day.
“In the wake of a primary inquiry against three High Court judges, following a consultation with the president, they have been asked to refrain from their judicial duties and the judges subsequently prayed for leave,” Saifur Rahman said the press briefing.
Following the SC press briefing, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said the investigation against the three HC judges and the subsequent decision in this regard will serve as a warning for others working in the judiciary.
“All lawyers want judges to remain above controversy. No minister, judge or a commoner can be above the law. This will be a warning for those who are not following the Code of Conduct properly,” he added.
Meanwhile at a press conference, Supreme Court Bar Association Secretary Barrister Mahbub Uddin Kokon claimed that not only these three justices, allegations have surfaced against some other judges too.
Welcoming the chief justice’s decision in this regard, he also urged the chief justice to initiate investigations against other judges with allegations of committing gross misconduct. Kokhon, however, did not mention any name.
Earlier in the day, when his attention was drawn to the HC development at an event in the capital, Law Minister Anisul Haq said: “I don't know anything. Judiciary of Bangladesh is independent and it's a matter of President and the Chief Justice.”