Anisul Huq, minister for law, justice and parliamentary affairs has held a meeting with acting Chief Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah to discuss administrative changes.
The 40-minute meeting was held on Wednesday.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, Anisul Huq said: “I paid a visit to the acting chief justice, and discussed some upcoming programmes with him, such as the Judicial Conference on December 2.”
“The acting chief justice will make some administrative changes and we discussed them in the meeting beforehand.”
When asked about whether or not a discussion was held regarding the issuance of the gazette notification on rules for lower court judges’ conduct, the law minister responded: “The matter was discussed, and we will hold another meeting on this issue later.”
He further added: “I, along with Justices from the entire Appellate Division, will work towards resolving the issue. I am optimistic that we will reach a consensus before the next scheduled meeting.”
The law minister also confirmed that further discussions over the issue of president’s power regarding the judiciary will definitely be held, and a decision will be reached soon.
Addressing matters related to the shortage of judges in the High Court and appointment of judges, Anisul Huq said: “Several justices of the High Court have recently retired, and we are thinking of appointing new ones. We will also think about the Appellate Division.”
Commenting on a query regarding chief justice, the law minister said: “On November 1, 2007, the judiciary was separated from executive control. When a chef justice goes on a leave, the president appoints an acting chief justice under article 97 of the constitution, as the position can not be left vacant.”
“This is why Surendra Kumar Sinha informed the president before going on a leave of absence. However, he will need government’s permission to leave the country,” he added.
This article was first published on Bangla Tribune.