The parliament yesterday witnessed a heated debate over the remark of Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha about writing verdicts after retirement. Senior lawmakers smelt a rat in the statement.
Law, Justice and Parliament Affairs Minister Anisul Huq, former law minister Abdul Matin Khasru, chairman of the standing committee of law Suranjit Sengupta said the chief justice had created tension and controversies which was unexpected and unwanted.
They said SK Sinha’s statement that the writing of verdicts by judges after their retirement "unconstitutional" and illegal was not true.
“It was not written in any single article in our constitution that judge cannot write any verdict after retirement. So it is not unconstitutional,” the law minister told the parliament in an unscheduled discussion initiated by independent lawmaker Rustom Ali Farazi.
A few days ago, the chief justice said some judges make unusual delays in writing verdicts while others continue to write it even long after their retirement, which goes against the law and the constitution.