Govt asked to amend Warrant of Precedence

M Moneruzzaman | Published: 01:02, Nov 11,2016

 
 

The Appellate Division on Wednesday directed the government to amend the Warrant of Precedence and place constitutional post holders at the top of it.
The apex court gave the directive in its full verdict in the government’s appeal against a High Court Division verdict which asked for amending the Warrant of Precedence to place the constitutional post holders at the top.
The apex court in its verdict released on Thursday said that the government should include decorated freedom fighters in the amended Warrant of Precedence to show due deference to them.
The apex court called for placing the Chief Justice in the third position in the Warrant of Precedence with the Speaker as they shared the same berth earlier.
The verdict called for upgrading Appellate Division judges to the 7th berth with the ministers and the High Court Division judges and the Attorney General to the 8th berth with the state ministers.
It called for placing MPs, the Comptroller and Auditor General and the Ombudsman in the 12th berth.
The apex court called for upgrading the Public Service Commission chairman to the 15 berth from the 16th.
It called for upgrading district judges and other judges of equal status to the 16th berth with the secretaries.
It called for placing additional district judges and other judges of equal status in the 17 berth.
On January 12, 2015, a five-judge bench of the apex court chaired by Chief Justice M Muzammel Hossain gave the verdict.
In 2011, the cabinet secretary, on behalf of the government, filed the appeal against the High Court Division’s verdict of February 4, 2010 that had struck down the Warrant of Precedence.
The HC gave the verdict after hearing public interest writ petition of former district judge M Ataur Rahman. 

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