The Supreme Court Bar Association on Tuesday described as ‘tantamount to gross contempt of the court’ the statements of senior ministers and MPs of the ruling party in Parliament on May 9 about the Appellate Division’s verdict on 16th amendment.
The amendment empowered the Jatiya Sangsad to impeach Supreme Court judges for misconduct and the High Court Division in a verdict had scrapped the parliament’s power and later the verdict was also upheld by the Appellate Division on July 3.
The association’s president Zainul Abedin, also a leader of Bangladesh Nationalist Party, made the remarks at a press conference held at the association’s auditorium. Zainul was flanked by the association’s secretary Mahbub Uddin Khokon and six other executive members.
The association’s president Zainul Abedin said that the senior MPs made derogatory statements even against Chief Justice SK Sinha and two senior jurists Kamal Hossain and M Amirul Islam for scrapping the 16th amendment.
Kamal Hossain and Amirul Islam were among the nine amici curiae had given their opinion in the court opposing the 16th amendment.
The association said that Rules of Procedure of the Parliament prohibits MPs from making any statement against those who are not present in parliament sessions or those who have no scope of answering to any question.
It also said that the parliament should not contain any reflection on the conduct of the President or of the Supreme Court judges or contain any reflection on a decision of a Court of Law or such remarks as are likely to prejudice a matter which is sub-judice.
The association said that MPs concerned not only violated the constitution but also defamed the judiciary by making such statements against the Chief Justice and the apex court’s verdict.
It condemned the statements of MPs against the Chief Justice and two senior lawyers and urged the Speaker to withdraw the statements and caution MPs against making such statements in future.
The statements of the association were rejected by its senior vice president Ozi Ullah, a pro-Awami League lawyer, through a separate press conference. Ozi Ullah was flanked by five other executive members of the association loyal to the ruling party.
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