Chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha on Wednesday asked the incumbent and retired judges, who are enjoying government facilities, to abide by the code of conduct, reports UNB news agency.
He made suggestion during the hearing of the appeal filed by Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quasem Ali challenging the death penalty handed down to him for his war crimes.
According to the court sources, justice Nazrul Islam Chowdhury of the High Court division went into retirement on 13 December last.
Now, he is on post-retirement leave (PRL) and enjoining the facilities provided by the government.
However, Nazrul Islam Chowdhury placed his arguments during the hearing on Wednesday on behalf of Mir Quasem Ali.
As the retired stood for taking part in the hearing, the chief justice said, “The current and retired judges, who are enjoying facilities provided by the government, should abide by the customs and code of conduct of court.”
Attorney general Mahbubey Alam said justice Nazrul Islam Chowdhury has been enjoying all the retirement facilities. “In such situation, he should not take part in any case against the state as it goes against ethics.”
Advocate SM Shahjahan read out the paper book on behalf of Mir Quasem Ali during the hearing.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday started hearing the appeal filed by Mir Quasem Ali challenging the death penalty.
After Wednesday’s proceedings, the Appellate Division adjourned the hearing until Monday.
On 30 November 2014, Mir Quasem Ali filed the appeal with the SC challenging the death penalty awarded to him by the International Crimes Tribunal-2 for crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971.
On 2 November in the same year, the tribunal had condemned Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quasem Ali to death for his crimes against humanity during the Liberation War. – Agencies.