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Judgment on Warrant of Precedence unethical : PM
Published : Thursday, 29 January, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 73

Dressing down the Supreme Court for its recent judgment on Warrant of Precedence, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday termed it 'completely out of ethics'.
"Delivering such a judgment, I'll say, is completely out of ethics," she said responding to a supplementary question from Jatiya Party's M Salim Uddin (Sylhet-5) during the PM's question-answer session in parliament.
Sheikh Hasina said it is not fair to promote themselves or take promotion on their own or make themselves beneficiaries.
The Prime Minister said it is necessary to have coordination among the three state organs of the State-Judiciary, Executive and Legislative. "If anyone all of a sudden announces anything on his motion then it creates a disorder," she said.
Referring to the Constitution, she said the Constitution has already identified specifically the position of persons holding constitutional posts.
"So, it's not fair to identify oneself in a better position or deliver a verdict in favour of oneself. It's mere a partisan role in promoting oneself. Such a verdict can't be delivered as it's not appropriate," she told the House amid the thumping of desks by the MPs.
Sheikh Hasina went on saying," This is just to raise one's dignity.
If it continues then all others will elevate their own status, resulting in indiscipline. Such state of affairs will generate dire consequences because of the judgment."
In recent past, the Prime Minister said, the higher judiciary got their remuneration and privileges hiked by its order that also created a lot of problems which the government resolved after a series of meetings.
Referring to the SC judgment on the Warrant of Precedence, a state-level hierarchy using for all government purposes, including ceremonial occasions, she said, "The judgment set District Judge on a par with Secretary of the Republic, then what would be the status of the judges of the High Judiciary? Is it above the President?"
About the Warrant of Precedence, the Prime Minister said since Bangladesh is not an isolated country, it should be evaluated with different counties around the world.
She said each organ of the State should perform their respective responsibilities properly and there should be harmonization among them in order to run the country suitably,
"If the harmony is damaged and again it comes from the Higher Court then it'll be very unfortunate," she told parliament, adding that such a verdict should not come.
About the implementation of the Warrant of Precedence, Hasina said discussions in this regard are on. "Our Law Minister and others concerned are talking about the matter to find out a solution. We're taking proper steps in this connection," she said.
The Supreme Court on January 6 disposed of the appeal filed by the government against the High Court judgment over state-level hierarchy-Warrant of Precedence (WoP) -- restoring the Chief Justice's position as number three along with the Speaker from number four in 1986.
According to the order, 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.   
On February 2010, the High Court declared illegal the Warrant of Precedence (WoP) and ordered reshuffling the state hierarchy with constitutional post-holders and district judges placed above the military chiefs.    ?UNB

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