Former Chief Adviser Latifur Rahman buries at Banani

Former Chief Adviser Latifur Rahman buries at Banani

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Dhaka – Former Chief Justice and Chief Adviser Latifur Rahman was buried at Banani graveyard on Tuesday afternoon. Earlier, the namaz-e- janaza of the former Chief Justice and Chief Adviser to the Caretaker Government was held on the Supreme Court premises.The 81-year- old former Chief Justice breathed his last around 6:30 am on Tuesday at Dhaka’s Samorita Hospital. He was admitted there 10 days ago after he suffered a stroke, the hospital’s General Manager Nurul Islam Tuhin told newsmen.
After, the janaza, among others Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam and Supreme Court Bar Association members paid tribute to the late the late Chief Justice.
Justice Latifur Rahman died at a city hospital early Tuesday at the age of 81. He has been suffering from pneumonia and old age complications. He left behind his wife and three daughters and many well wishers to mourn his death.
Among others four former chief justices- Justice Mahmudul Amin Chowdhury, Justice KM Hasan, Justiced Syed JR Mudassir Husain and Justice M Mozammel Hossan, former Chief Election Commissioner Abdur Rouf, Chairman of the Press Council-Justice Momtaj Uddin Ahmed, former adviser of Caretaker Government Barrister Mainul Hosein, former minister Abdul Matin Khashru, Bar Council’s Vice Chairman Abdul Baset Majumder, Barrister Moudud Ahmed Majumder, AF Hasan Arif, Supreme Court Bar Council President Joynul Abedin, Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon, Barrister M Amir-ul- Islam and BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir attended the janaza.
Latifur Rahman served as the Chief Justice for 14 months from January 2000.
Then he was appointed Chief Advisor to the caretaker government because he was the last Chief Justice to retire during the Awami League’s 1996-2001 term.
The Eighth Parliamentary Elections were held under the caretaker government on October 1, 2001. The BNP-led Four-party Alliance came to power through that election. On October 10, Justice Rahman handed over power to the new Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia. However, the leaders of the ruling Awami League have criticised Rahman’s caretaker government on several occasions.
In April this year, Awami League chief and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina blamed an international conspiracy to gain control over Bangladesh’s natural gas for her party’s defeat in the 2001 polls. ‘I wanted to use the country’s resources for the people first…Wanted to keep a 50-year reserve, then to consider whether to sell or not,’ she told at a party gathering.
Sheikh Hasina claimed that she and Khaleda Zia attended a reception hosted by chief adviser Latifur Rahman for the visiting former US President Jimmy Carter in 2011, where the issue of gas export was raised and that she ‘refused’. The Awami League leader said she left the reception after that, but the BNP leaders remained.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda and Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir have released separate statements expressing their condolences over Justice Rahman’s death.
The Supreme Court adjourned its Tuesday’s sessions over his death.
Born on March 1, 1936 in Jessore, Latifur Rahman was the son of eminent Jessore lawyer Khan Bahadur Lutfur Rahman. His maternal uncle Nurul Huda had also served as a High Court judge.
After completing his Masters in English from the Dhaka University in 1956, he studied LLB at the same university. He taught at the Shahid Suhrawardy College before starting to practise law in 1960. He was an apprentice to Bangladesh’s first attorney general MH Khandaker.
He was appointed as a High Court judge in 1979 and was appointed to the Appellate Division in 2001. Justice Latifur Rahman retired as the Chief Justice of Bangladesh on Febuary 28, 2001. He is survived by wife and three daughters. – Special Correspondent

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