Lower court judges’ Bangladesh Judicial Service Association has no elected committee for eight years.
The association lacks the elected committee as its annual conference was not held during the period, members told New Age.
They also said that they could not seek redress to their accommodation, transport, security and other issues as their association had been dormant over the last eight years.
Former Supreme Court registrar Iktedar Ahmed said that the subordinate court judges had been unable to take up their problems with the prime minister, the Chief Justice and other functionaries of the superior as no annual conference of their was held for long.
Iktedar is a retired district judge.
In December 2009, the then law ministry joint secretary (administration) ASSM Zahirul Haque was made secretary general of BSJA skirting the election process.
Md Jahangir Hossain was ex-officio president of Bangladesh Judicial Service Association as a district judge.
The election should be held every year calling Annual General Meeting in accordance with the association’s constitution.
As Zahirul Haque occupied the office of BJSA secretary general for eight years until he retired as law secretary in October 2017 he is blamed for not allowing the holding of annual elections or annual conferences.
Zahirul Haque automatically ceased to be BJSA’s secretary general since August 7, 2017, when he was appointed law secretary on two years’ contract.
Law ministry’s joint secretary Bikash Kumar Saha was made acting secretary general at an emergency general meeting held in November 2017, attended by 200 judges stationed in the capital, said SM Kuddus Zaman, ex-officio president of BJSA since February 5, 2015.
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