Three HC judges barred from performing judicial acts
Published : Friday, 23 August, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 659
The Supreme Court (SC) has decided to keep three justices of the High Court Division out of conducting judicial activities for their alleged 'misconduct.'
The justices are Justice Salma Masud Chowdhury, Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice AKM Zahirul Hoque.
The names of the three justices were not found on the daily cause list of the court on Thursday and they did not take part in trails on the day.
Supreme Court Special Officer Mohammad Saifur Rahman said, "The three judges were asked to refrain from holding trial after consultation with President Abdul Hamid based on the findings of a primary investigation. The three judges have then applied for leave."
He, however, refrained from naming the three justices and from disclosing the details of the allegations against them.
When journalists named the three justices and sought confirmation, the officer said, "You have already published their names."
About the matter, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said, the investigation against the three justices is a message for others of the judiciary. He said the Chief Justice told me that in consultation with the President of the Republic the investigation started and he has asked the three justices to refrain from holding trials.
Law Minister Anisul Huq said he was not intimated about the matter and hence, he would not talk on the issue.
Meanwhile, Supreme Court Bar Association Secretary Mahbub Uddin Khokon said, alongside three justices, allegations of corruption are rife against many justices, officials and staff of the Supreme Court.
"We have already intimated the Chief Justice about the matter and we hope that the Chief Justice will continue the investigation taking into account our allegations," he said.
"We welcome the matter of probing into the allegations against the three High Court judges. At the same time, we also want to know who are carrying out the investigation," he told a press conference at Shaheed Safiur Rahman auditorium of Supreme Court Bar Association building on Thursday.
Khokon said following the annulment of the 16th amendment to the Constitution, the Supreme Judicial Council was revived. Now it is necessary to make the activities of the Council public.