SCBA demands guideline for appointing apex court judges

New Age Online

Accusing the government of appointing three new judges to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court superseding seniority, the Supreme Court Bar Association on Monday demanded a guideline for appointing judges to the apex court.
SCBA president Khandker Mahbub Hossain made the demand at a press conference at its auditorium.
‘Three judges were appointed to the Appellate Division on Sunday. Of them, two were appointed overriding at least their 30 senior judges. It raised a question in the minds of lawyers and people about their appointment,’ he said.
He further said, ‘That’s why, we demand formulation of a guideline for appointing judges to the apex court.’
Earlier on Sunday, the Law Ministry issued a gazette notification confirming the appointments of Justice Mirza Hussain Haider, Justice Nizamul Huq and Justice Mohammad Bazlur Rahman to the Appellate Division, reports United News of Bangladesh.
The three new judges were sworn-in on Monday morning.
SCBA general secretary Khandaker Mahbubuddin Khokan said had there been a guideline for appointing the judges the government could not have appointed apex court judges by using ‘pick-and-choose’ policy.
However, Attorney General Mahbubey Alalm told reporters that Nizamul Huq and Mohammad Bazlur Rahman had got provisional appointment to the High Court Division as judges in 2001. ‘But, the duo had not been confirmed in 2003 despite the then Chief Justice’s recommendation.’
He said had the two judges not been subjected to injustice at that time, the question of superseding seniority would not have raised now. ‘They could have been the senior judges had they been confirmed at that time.’

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