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CJ's comment rocks govt like a quake: BNP
Staff Correspondent
Published :Saturday, 23 January, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 26
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) thinks that the recent observation of the Chief Justice (CJ) Surendra Kumar Sinha on signing and writing judgements after retirement has given the present government an earthquake like jolt.
"Chief justice SK Sinha has triggered the tremor within the government similar to that of a 6.8-magnitude earthquake that shook the country a few days back," said the BNP Standing Committee member Let Gen (Retd) Mahbubur Rahman at a discussion in the city on Friday.
The discussion was organised by Zia Nagarik Forum, a pro-BNP platform, at the Jatiya Press Club, marking the 80th birth anniversary of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman.
Mahbub said, "We welcome the Chief Justice's comment as he spoke the truth with courage while discharging the duty bestowed upon him. His observation has wobbled the government's foundation as does an earthquake."
He claimed that the government formed after the 10th parliamentary polls and the 15th constitutional amendment have also become illegal and void with the Chief Justice's remarks.
"The government after assuming office through an unconstitutional election held on January 5 in 2014 has continued repressive acts to consolidate its power by suppressing the opposition and those who differ with it, Mahbub, also a former chief of the army staff, alleged.
He also said that there had been a conspiracy for a long time to split the BNP, but no one will be able to break the party if its workers follow the ideals of Ziaur Rahman.
Present CJ SK Sinha put his remarks on the Supreme Court website, which read, "Writing judgment after retirement of judges is unconstitutional."
Chief Justice Sinha also pointed out that some judges make unusual delays in writing down verdicts while others continue to write it even long after their retirement, which goes against the law and the Constitution.
He also noted, "Supreme Court judges take oath of upholding laws and the Constitution. But after retirement, a judge is not under oath anymore and becomes a common citizen."
In view of the incumbent CJ's comment, BNP has now renewed its call for declaring the former CJ ABM Khairul Haque's judgement on the 13th constitutional amendment declaring the caretaker government illegal as unconstitutional on the grounds that the former CJ wrote and signed the verdict 16 months after he went on retirement.

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