Dhaka – Former Supreme Court Judge AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury on Monday alleged that Chief Justice SK Sinha is trying to implement BNP’s agenda being a ‘spokesman of BNP chairperson Khaledia Zia’.
“Long time ago, Khaledia Zia had said retired judges couldn’t write judgments. He (CJ) is saying it to implement the BNP’s agenda being her spokesman. He has s political motive,” he said.
Shamsuddin Choudhury was talking to reporters at the Supreme Court Mazargate before submitting to the court the copies of judgments and orders that he pronounced prior to his retirement.
He said the Chief Justice has said the government hinders the independence of the judiciary. “But, he is lying and he’s doing so to make the government unpopular. I think he should resign.”
Chief Justice SK Sinha on Sunday wanted Shamsuddin Choudhury to immediately return the files of all the cases and the verdicts of which he could not write while in service to the SC registrar office.
Replying to a question, the retired judge said he will not submit any document of the cases he pronounced verdicts.
“Why should I return the files of the cases? I pronounced verdicts. I’ll never submit the files. I’ll never follow the illegal order of the Chief Justice,” Shamsuddin said adding that Parliament has also rejected the Chief Justice’s statement.
At a press briefing on the SC premises on Sunday, Shamsuddin Choudhury sent a letter to the Chief Justice requesting him to receive the judgments and orders written by him after going on retirement.
A day after sending the latter, he submitted the copies of the judgments and orders written by him to the SC on Monday.
Constitution expert Dr Shahdeen Malik said the ongoing controversy over writing judgments by retired judges is destroying the image of the Supreme Court as it will only erode people’s trust in the apex court.
The ongoing controversy is harmful to the country as well as the apex court, he added.
On January 29, 2016, Chief Justice SK Sinha said some judges continued to write their judgments after their retirement, which is against the law and the Constitution.
Judge AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury went on retirement on October 1, 2015.- UNB