The Appellate Division verdict striking down the 16th amendment to the constitution is a ‘precious decision’ for the freedom of judiciary, said lawyers leaning to Bangladesh Nationalist Party.
At a discussion on Friday on ‘scrapping the 16th amendment: tasks for implementing rule of law’ at the National Press Club, they said that the future Bangladesh should be constructed in line with the verdict.
Bangladesh Labour Party organised the discussion participated, among others, by Bangladesh Bar Council former vice-chairman Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, Supreme Court Bar Association secretary general Mahbub Uddin Khokon, lawyers Ahmed Azam Khan, and Sanaullah Miah.
The Appellate Division’s full verdict on the 16th amendment was released on August 1, restoring Supreme Judicial Council replacing parliament’s power to remove Supreme Court judges for misconduct or incapacity.
In the verdict, the judges observed that the parliament was dysfunctional and the lawmakers were immature.
Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, also vice-chairman of BNP, said, ‘The verdict was a remarkable event for the nation as it is a precious decision to free the judiciary.’
‘The 16th amendment was a poisonous-pustule which the Appellate Division has rightly removed to free the judiciary,’ he added.
Mahbub remarked that the Appellate Division in its verdict has identified the ‘wounds’ of the society and provided a direction for democratic and electoral processes and other spheres of lives.
‘Now we have to construct the future Bangladesh by complying with the verdict’, he said.
Mahbub Uddin Khokon said that none should do politicking over the Appellate Division verdict as it was an ‘invaluable historic’ judgment.
‘BNP would not do politics over the verdict’, said Khokon, also joint secretary general of BNP.
He said that the ruling Awami League thrust its attacks against the verdict, which had made observations on country’s rule of law and electoral process.
‘AL leaders are unhappy as they have weakness in establishing rule of law and fair elections’, Khokon said.
Ahmed Azam Khan said, ‘Every line of the verdict depicts the thoughts and reflects the expectations of the people.’
Sanaullah Miah said that the lawyers would launch protests against former chief justice ABM Khairul Haque, who had recently called the Appellate Division judges ‘immature’. ‘We demand his arrest,’ he said.
Bangladesh Labour Party chairman Mostafizur Rahman Iran, presiding over the discussion, said that the parliament should be dissolved soon following the verdict.
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