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BD law ministry forwards draft judges conduct rules to SC

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Dhaka – Law mMinisterAnisul Huq on Monday informed that his ministry has forwarded a draft on the conduct an disciplinary rules for lower court judges to the Supreme Court seeking its consideration on the matter.“We have sent the draft of disciplinary rules of the lower court judges to the Supreme Court seeking its approval on the long standing matter. After the apex court’s scrutiny, it will be forwarded to President Abdul Hamid and if he approves, a gazette notification will be issued in this regard very soon,” the law minister made the comments while talking to reporters after chairing a programme organised for conclusion of a training the lower court judges at the Judicial Administration Planning Institute in Dhaka.
The long-standing issue is yet to settle following the government time petitions for several occasions. The Supreme Court has so far allowed the government time pleas for 26 times for submitting the draft rules for lower court judges. The next date of hearing over the issue is on December 3.
Following the Masder Hossain case, popularly known as judiciary separation case, the judiciary was officially separated in November 2007, but the disciplinary rules for lower court judges are yet to be formulated.
On December 2, 1999, the Supreme Court in the Masdar Hossain case issued a seven-point directive, including formulating separate disciplinary rules, for the lower court judges. Finalisation of the draft lingered during the tenure of Chief Justice SK Sinha who made many angry remarks for this. The rules are to streamline the judiciary after its seperation from the Executive.
In response to a query, Huq said that it is the president jurisdiction to appoint the chief justice. But the process for the appointment of judges of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court would be initiated soon, he added.
Asked about the allegations of corruption brought against former chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, the minister said the Anti-Corruption Commission would decide the next course of action over the allegation brought against him. The lawyers of the Anti-Corruption Commission will give appropriate advise to the commission for taking necessary steps on this issue, the minister hoped.
“None is above the law. Law will go in its own course. The commission will take necessary step in this regard,” the law minister said.
Recently the Supreme Court issued a circular raising 11-point of corruptions against former chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, who was sent his resignation letter from abroad. – Staff Reporter

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