Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha yesterday urged the politicians, journalists and lawyers not to make any snide remarks on the judiciary.“As a chief justice I become hard when anyone make snide word on judiciary. It has been told that the democracy is absent in the country. The democracy will prevail in the country, if the independence of the judiciary and rule of law would remain upheld in the country,” the CJ made these observations while addressing as chief guest at a memorial programme on the 90th birthday of late senior lawyer Barrister Showkat Ali Khan at the Supreme Court auditorium.
The judiciary itself cannot able to establish the rule of law and independence of the judiciary. The lawyers’ assistants are needed to establish the rule of law, he added.
“The judiciary is playing neutral role and it did not go on abortion. In sometimes the 72-constitution has lost its original position following the intervention of the martial law regime in the country. But, this judiciary upheld its original position again,” he noted.
“We don’t make partiality in delivering verdict. We grants bail to political leaders. But, we feel hard when politician criticize the judiciary. But, I want to clear it that the democracy will remain upheld, if the independence of the judiciary and rule of law would be upheld,” the CJ said.
“I urged the lawyers not to criticize the judiciary as it stands on its glorious position. None can tarnish the image and dignity of the judiciary by criticizing,” he noted.
Noting will happen in the judiciary following the criticism of the judiciary by one/two, he added.
Regarding the media, the CJ said that the journalism is not a business rather it is a profession. But, our country treat it a business, which is unfortunate.
Citing example of the foreign countries, he said, it would very much unfortunate for us when we see that our media don’t think before the publication of reports against the judiciary to fulfill their personal interest.
“If we waste our valuable time in proceedings the contempt of court case against media and its journalists, then when we would complete thousands of cases pending before the court for disposal. I urged all to uphold the image and dignity of the judiciary,” he noted.
Appellate Division Justice Abdul Wahhab Miah, attorney general Mahbubey Alam, former speaker Barrister Jamir Uddin Sircar, Advocate Yusuf Hossain Humayun, former attorney general Advocate Hasan Arif, former Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) secretary Advocate SM Rezaul Karim and SCBA secretary Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon were also addressed among others at the programme while Advocate Bar Council Vice-president Abdul Baset Majumder presided the programme.