Govt explores ways to expunge parts of 16th amendment verdict: Law Minister

Dhaka,  Sun,  24 September 2017
Published : 10 Aug 2017, 14:13:28

Govt will move to expunge 'unacceptable' parts of constitutional amendment verdict, says law minister

The government will initiate measures to expunge ‘unacceptable’ parts of the top court verdict over the 16th constitutional amendment, says Law Minister Anisul Huq.

Ten days after the full verdict was published, the minister emerged before the media with the government's official reaction over the Supreme Court verdict, which took away the parliament's powers to sack top court judges.

"We decided to move for expunging the unacceptable and offensive statements in verdict," he said on Thursday, without elaborating on how it would be done, reports

Huq said the government was 'aggrieved' by the top court's verdict, but was yet to seek a review.

"We are considering whether to appeal for a review. We are yet to decide as the full verdict is being scrutinised.”

The 16th Amendment to the Constitution had restored parliament’s powers to impeach higher court justices. Last year, the High Court declared the amendment ‘illegal’ and the decision was upheld on Jul 3 by the Appellate Division. The full verdict was finally released by the Supreme Court on Aug 1.

In the 799-page text, Chief Justice Sinha focused on politics, military rule, the Election Commission, corruption, governance and the independence of the judiciary.


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