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No bar to probe allegation against former SC judge: HC

Published : Tuesday, 14 November, 2017 at 5:20 PM Count : 126
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The High Court in an observation said the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) can examine the allegation against former Appellate Division judge Md Zainul Abedin of accumulating illegal wealth.

The HC also said that such probe should be conducted cautiously so that dignity of the judiciary is not hampered during the investigation process.

The High Court bench, comprising Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Karim, delivered the 7-point observation on Tuesday while settling a rule issued in connection with the corruption allegation by ACC.

On March 2 this year, ACC asked the Supreme Court to provide document necessary to investigate into the corruption allegation against Joynul Abedin.

But, the SC in a letter replied that investigation against a SC judge should not be conducted for the sake of people’s trust in the judiciary.

On October 9, the HC issued a suo moto rule asking why the SC letter would not be declared illegal. The first hearing on the rule was conducted on October 19, and the HC delivered its final observation on Tuesday.

In the observation the HC bench said the SC letter should not be considered as a formal letter because none can remain out of the reach of law.


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