Senior Supreme Court lawyers on Tuesday expressed concern over chief justice SK Sinha’s ‘sudden’ leave for a month approved by the government in few hours of application.
The lawyers expressed grievance at a meeting of senior lawyers arranged by the Supreme Court Bar Association in the wake of speculation that the chief justice was forced to go on leave by the government.
Later, bar association president Zainul Abedin said at a briefing that 35 lawyers attended the meeting responding to a ‘short notice’ issued on the day.
Zainul said that all lawyers expressed concern and grievance.
According to him, the lawyers said that such incident was unfortunate for the judiciary.
‘It will bring no good for anyone, even for the government. People want to know the main cause behind the leave,’ Zainul said.
Zainul said that the lawyers also suggested the bar leaders to meet the president of republic and the chief justice to discuss the matter.
He said that the meeting was adjourned till 4:00pm today to ensure participation of all lawyers.
The association invited all former presidents of the association and other senior lawyers to the meeting.
Talking to reporters, jurist Shahdeen Malik said that the leave of the chief justice was not ‘normal’ following the way of ruling Awami League leaders had been criticising him over the 16th amendment verdict.
The incident would damage people’s faith in the judiciary and that was not good for the country, the society and the democracy, he said.
Attorney general Mahbubey Alam, however, rejected the remarks of the lawyers, saying that those were not the bar association’s statement and rather the remarks of Zainul Abedin, an adviser to BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Source: New Age