Writ against publishing ex-Judge’s remarks about judiciary

Writ against publishing ex-Judge’s remarks about judiciary

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A writ petition was filed yesterday with the High Court seeking restriction on publishing or broadcasting the former Supreme Court Judge Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury’s statement about the judiciary.Supreme Court lawyer advocate SM Zulfiqur Ali filed the petition with the related branch of the HC seeking a rule asking the government to explain why it should not be directed to take step to prohibit the media to publish and broadcast the statement of the former Appellate Division Justice Choudhury in the media about the judiciary.
Information secretary and other some officials have been made respondents in the petition.
Ali said that his lawyer would move before a HC bench for holding the hearing on the petition on Tuesday (today).
Later, Advocate AKM Ehsanur Rahman, counsel for the petitioner, told reporters that the petition was filed following the recent comments made by Justice Choudhury in some television talk shows, which undermined the dignity of judiciary.
The media have constitutional rights to enjoy freedom of expression and freedom of speech with some restrictions but those restrictions were not followed in broadcasting the statement of Choudhury, he added.
Earlier, Justice Choudhury alleged that the Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has been working with political motives.
Earlier on February 8, after handing over documents of the judgments and orders he finished writing after retiring to the Supreme Court, Justice Manik said: “A retired judge cannot write judgements … Khaleda Zia said this long ago. Now he [chief justice]is saying this [again]as her spokesperson to fulfill her agenda. He has a political motivation. – Staff Reporter

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