Govt prepares review plea against 16th Amendment verdict

Govt prepares review plea against 16th Amendment verdict

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Dhaka – The government has formed 11-member committee headed by Attorney General Mahbubey Alam for taking preparation in filing a review petition against the 16th amendment verdict
Other members of the committee are – Additional attorneys general Murad Reza and Momtaz Uddin Fakir, deputy attorneys general Motahar Hossain Saju, Bishwajt Debnath, Ekramul Huq Tutul, Masud Hasan Chowdhury Parag, Khandakar Diliruzzaman, Amit Talukdar and Rashed S Jahangir and assistant attorney general Bashir Ahmed.
Talking to journalists Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said that the committee was formed 8 days ago to prepare the review petition against the Appellate Division verdict that upheld a High Court verdict scrapping the 16th amendment to the Constitution which had empowered the parliament to remove SC judges for incapacity or misconduct.
The committee is examining the Supreme Court verdict and the relevant policies of the Constitution and laws for preparing the review petition. The members of the committee are studying and examining the relevant law points for preparing the review petition against the apex court verdict on the 16th amendment of the Constitution, the chief law officer of the state said.
After completion of the preparation, the review petition will be filed before the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court seeking cancellation of its verdict, he added.
In response to a query, he said that in the review petition the government would pray to the Supreme Court to restore the parliament’s power to remove SC judges for incapacity or misbehaviour.
“I have informed the government about the formation of the committee,” he noted.
The apex court on August 1 released the full text of its verdict, scrapping the 16th amendment that had given parliament the power to remove SC judges for misconduct or incapacity.
On September 17, 2014, the Jatiya Sangsad passed the ‘Constitution (16th Amendment) Bill, 2014’ without any opposition.
Nine Supreme Court lawyers filed a writ petition with the High Court on November 5, 2014, questioning the validity of the amendment.
On May 5 last year, the HC declared the 16th Amendment to the Constitution illegal. The government on January 4 last filed an appeal challenging the HC decision.
On July 3, the seven members of the Appellate Division led by chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha upheld the High Court verdict. – Staff Reporter

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