The chief justice, Surendra Kumar Sinha yesterday urged retired Supreme Court judge AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury to refrain from speaking to the media about verdicts and court orders.In a press statement issued in response to a media briefing of Shamsuddin Chowdhury earlier in the day about his letter to the chief justice about accepting his pending judgements, SK Sinha also asked the retired SC judge to return all the files of verdicts, which still have not been disposed of, to the office of SC register general immediately.
Talking to newsmen on the SC premises on Sunday, Shamsuddin Chowdhury alleged he submitted the pending judgements to his presiding judge Abdul Wahab Mia but he refused to the judgements.
Against this backdrop, Shamsuddin Chowdhury wrote a letter to the chief justice on 4 February requesting him to accept the judgements.
“Retired judge Shamsuddin Chowdhury organised a press conference on the SC premises when the trial process was in progress in the court on Sunday. It is unprecedented,” read the CJ’s press release.
The CJ hoped no justice will, henceforth, exercise such practice in future.
The press release said after Shamsuddin’s allegation, the chief justice inquired justice Abdul Wahab Mia whether Shamsuddin Chowdhury submitted any judgements or orders to Abdul Wahab.
“Justice Abdul Wahab Mia informed the chief justice that former justice Shamsuddin Chowdhury submitted no judgements or orders in order to accept those,” read the CJ’s press statement.”
Hoping that Chowdhury will make no comments on verdicts and court orders to the media, the chief justice asked him to return all the files of verdicts, which still have not been disposed of, to the office of SC register general immediately so that the justice-seekers suffer no more.
In a message on the occasion of the first anniversary of his taking office on 19 January, Surendra Kumar Sinha, the 21st chief justice of Bangladesh, criticised the judges who make delay in writing judgement.
“Some judges make delay in writing the judgement. Some of them even continue to write the verdict long after their retirement which goes against the law and the constitution,” he then said.