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Monday, January 12, 2015, Poush 29, 1421, Robiul Awal 20, 1436 Hijr

SC finally disposes of impugned Warrant of Precedence
Published : Monday, 12 January, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 14

The long-pending dispute over the impugned state-level hierarchy-Warrant of Precedence (WoP) -- was disposed of on Sunday by the Supreme Court after further hearing on its own motion.
A five-member Appellate Division Bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice M Muzammel Hossain, passed the order saying, "The appeal is disposed of with expunction, modification, observation and findings."
The President and the Prime Minister hold the first and second positions, according to the Warrant of Precedence. The state hierarchy is used for all government purposes, including ceremonial occasions.
On January 6, the SC disposed of the appeal filed by the government against the High Court judgment over the WoP-restoring the position of the Chief Justice on a par with the Speaker - number three, according to the counsel for the writ petitioner, referring to the court order.
Two days after the appeal was disposed of, the SC on its own motion took up the matter for further hearing on it after being irked following the disclosure in detail of the WoP in the name of 'verbal substance' of its order.
According to the counsel for the writ petitioner, the judges of the Appellate Division will be upgraded to the position of the full minister instead the state minister while judges of the High Court get the status of the state minister.
Since the Attorney General, the chief government law officer, holds the constitutional post, his position will be above all secretaries of the Republic while the position of the Member of Parliament (MP) will be above the Cabinet Secretary, the chiefs of the three services and Principal Secretary.
As the district judges head the subordinate courts, their position will be the upgraded one equivalent to Secretary of the Republic.     ?UNB

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