16th amendment verdict may be outcome of antipathy: Khairul Haque

Dhaka,  Sun,  24 September 2017
Published : 19 Aug 2017, 18:20:03

16th amendment verdict may be outcome of antipathy: Khairul Haque

Former Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque thinks that the Supreme Court's verdict and observations over the 16th amendment may be an outcome of its antipathy towards the government and parliament.

On Saturday, Law Commission Chairman Haque told a discussion at CIRDAP auditorium, "If a verdict reflects antipathy, then what is the consequence of that judgment? Think about it," reports bdnews24.com.

The top judge made observations that 'parliament is immature', 'democracy is immature' and 'parliament did not pay heed to our directives'. "If these observations are made out of antipathy, then where the judge stands?" he asked.

"I ask you to consider whether he is acting beyond the bounds of oath. I am just pointing it out. What will happen if he violates the oath? You know what may happen."

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 full text of the verdict, Chief Justice Sinha's observation on Bangladesh's politics, past dictatorships, election commission, corruption, governance and judiciary in the verdict has sparked sharp reactions.

The BNP, however, hailed the verdict as historic, and criticised Haque's reaction.
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