Nine new High Court judges appointed

Staff Correspondent | Published: 16:23, Oct 20,2019 | Updated: 02:04, Oct 21,2019


Nine new additional judges were appointed to the High Court Division of the Supreme Court on Sunday.

The new appointment took to 101 the number of High Court judges.

President Abdul Hamid made the appointment as per Article 98 of the constitution.

Chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain is scheduled to administer oaths to the new additional judges at 10:30am today.

The newly recruited additional judges are:  sitting district and sessions judges Muhammad Mahbub-ul-Islam, Shahed Nuruddin, Md Zakir Hossain and Md Akhtaruzzaman, SC lawyers Md Mahmud Hassan Talukder (Mintu), AKM Zahirul Huq and Kazi Ebadoth Hossain and deputy attorneys general KM Zahid Sarwar Kazal and Kazi Zinat Hoque.

District judges Muhammad Mahbub-ul-Islam and Shahed Nuruddin are on post-retirement leave.

Mahbub-ul-Islam had served district and sessions judge of Kishoreganj, Shahed Nuruddin served as Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal 1 judge, had handed death sentences to former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar, former deputy minister Abdus Salam Pintu and 17 others and life terms to acting BNP chairman Tarique Rahman and 18 others and 11 others to varying jail terms in two cases relating to   August 21, 2004 grenade attack on Awami League rally at the capital’s Bangabandhu Avenue.

Md Zakir Hossain was the Supreme Court registrar general and Md Akhtaruzzaman was working at the Special Judge’s Court 5 of Dhaka and he had jailed BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust Case and the Zia Charitable Trust Case.

Zakir Hossain superseded at least 137 colleagues while Akhtaruzzaman superseded at least 190 district judges, according to the gradation list made in 2015.

This is the first appointment of judges to the High Court in the third consecutive tenure of the government led by Sheikh Hasina.

Hasina appointed 79 HC judges since 2009.

Out of 101 HC judges, 79 are appointed by Hasina.

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