We welcome removal of dubious SC judges
Recently three High Court (HC) judges have been asked to refrain from judicial works on unspecified reason. Names of the three judges are reportedly Justice Salma Masud Chowdhury, Justice AKM Zahirul Hoque and Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque. Their names did not appear in the Supreme Court's working schedule for Thursday and they refrained from participating in judicial activities. However, decision of keeping three honourable judges refrained from judicial activities was informed to them on advice from the honourable president against the backdrop of a primary inquiry against them.
It is a rare move to reinstate integrity and ethical values of the judiciary in the history of Bangladesh. Withdrawal of judicial powers of Supreme Court judges is unprecedented too. We welcome the removal of three judges, and therefore believe their removal will restore professional integrity of the judiciary. The decision also marks a clear and assertive move to restore public confidence on the judiciary. The state has filed a petition for a review of the appeals verdict and the petition is awaiting disposal. Attorney General Mahbubey Alam has commented that lawyers have long been demanding steps to uphold the image of the Supreme Court and keep the judiciary free of stigma. On that note he has appreciated the move. More to it, the law minister has simultaneously stressed on a fair probe of the three suspended judges as well as commented that there is no scope for the judges under investigation to resign.
We thank our president and chief justice for taking an important step to free our judiciary from all ills. The suspended judges have been accused of intervening in a lower court case and reversing the decree surfaced against the bench. In response, the attorney general was compelled to move the Appellate Division saying that the aforementioned bench illegally intervened and changed the verdict by issuing a decree in a loan-related case of National Bank. Such professional irregularity was the least expected from the members of the country's judiciary. Nevertheless, the powers to remove a top court judge for incapability to properly do their duty because of physical or mental reasons or because of misconduct were vested on parliament after independence.
A responsible and accountable judiciary is a key aspect of our democratic way of life. It upholds peace, order and good government. The judiciary also has to perform a crucial important role as the guardian of the constitution.
Citizens look to the judiciary to uphold their rights and governments look to the courts to interpret laws. Our people expect the members of our judiciary to be honest, professional and neutral. They must appear as beacons of moral justice.