Saturday, April 10, 2021

It is unfortunate that the verdict is not effective: Chief Justice

Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain has said that according to the constitution, everyone including the executive branch of the country has an obligation to follow the directions of the court. Even then, it is unfortunate that the verdict is not effective. To enforce the verdict, we have to issue contempt (court contempt rule).

He was speaking at the unveiling ceremony of two books written by two judges on Saturday. He joined the event virtually.

Referring to the statement of Dhaka University Professor and Historian Muntasir Mamun, the Chief Justice said, "Professor Muntasir Mamun has said one thing, our verdict is not being implemented." This requires a cell. Article 112 of the constitution states that everyone, including the country's executive branch, will work with the Supreme Court. Where there is a constitutional obligation to comply with a court order, why should we again issue a contempt of court rule against them? It is the responsibility of everyone in the state to implement the judgment of the Supreme Court. We are harassed by contempt. Even with contempt, the verdict is not being executed properly. It's a pity.

The chief justice said government property was not actually government property. People own property. The government is the protector. The government reserves property on behalf of the people. Preserving this government property is everyone's responsibility. He sought the cooperation of all departments of the government in implementing the court's verdict.

Regarding the trial of Bangabandhu's assassination, the Chief Justice said, "One day at Bangabhaban, the First Lady of Maldives asked me if those who killed Bangabandhu were not tried." Then I told him, they have been judged. They have been tried in the general court. Their verdict has been upheld by the High Court and the Appellate Division. The killers were later hanged. The government is trying its best to catch the fugitives. We have not been able to present our achievements to the world and even to the new generation. So I would say we need to pay more attention to these things. If the spirit of the liberation war is to be awakened, then the trial of Bangabandhu's assassination must be brought.

He said Bangladesh is not a country of murderers, it is the golden country of Bangabandhu. We must protect this golden country of Bangabandhu. I can assure you that the judiciary will fulfill its full responsibility in this regard.

Historian Professor Muntasir Mamun said that in the last one decade, the High Court has given some landmark judgments in the public interest. I would like to ask, have you ever seen whether your judgments are enforced? This is also a judicial issue. A cell headed by a judge may be formed to determine whether the decisions in the public interest are being carried out.

Former Minister for Culture Asaduzzaman Noor, Attorney General AM Amin Uddin, Trustee of Liberation War Museum Mofidul Haque and others spoke on the occasion. Appellate Division Judge Obaidul Hasan's 'Bangladesh is a War Child's Story and Others' and High Court Division Justice M Enayetur Rahim's two books 'Bangabandhu Constitutional Court and Others' were unveiled.


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