Dhaka – The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday summoned Food Minister Qamrul Islam and Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque to appear before it on March 15 for their reactions to remarks of Chief Justice SK Sinha about prosecution as regards trial of Jamaat leader Mir Quasem Ali.
A nine-member bench of the Appellate Division led by Chief Justice SK Sinha ordered them to appear before the court at 9am on that day to explain why contempt rule should not be brought against them.
Chief Justice also said that the justices of the Supreme Court were taken into aback by the remarks of the two ministers which were telecast. He also termed their remarks as naked interference in the free judiciary.
Food Minister Qamrul Islam and Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque had demanded resignation of the Chief Justice for his reported remarks that “the prosecution is doing politics with the trial of condemned war criminal and Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quasem Ali.”
The two ministers made the demand at a roundtable discussion organised by Ekatorrer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee in the city on March 5 (Saturday).
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam on Sunday (March 6) urged all to exercise restraint in making comments on such issues as those are ‘unconstitutional’.
Earlier, on February 23, during the hearing of arguments on Mir Quasem Ali’s review petition, the Chief Justice purportedly expressed dissatisfaction over the activities of the prosecution and the investigation agency. – UNB